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If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption for your child, it’s fair to say that you may be under a lot of stress. It’s a big decision, and one that you — and only you — can make. This is not to say, however, that you are alone in the process. American Adoptions will work with you every step of the way to make your dreams for your child come true, whatever they may be.

At American Adoptions, it’s important to us that you remember who’s in the driver’s seat of the adoption process: you. You get to make all the choices concerning your baby, and one of the biggest ones comes in the form of an adoptive family. You are considering adoption because you want your child to have the absolute best life imaginable, but how do you guarantee that? At American Adoptions, you’ll be paired with your own individual adoption specialist who will help you to determine exactly what you’re looking for in adoptive parents for your baby.

One of the biggest questions you’ll consider is this: Do I want my baby’s adoptive parents to have already had other children? For many women, the answer to this question is no. Many adoptive parents ultimately choose adoption after long, painful struggles with infertility. They want children of their own more than anything, but it doesn’t always happen the “traditional way.”

Many women, then, choose to place their children with families like this in order to make a couple’s dreams of parenthood come to life. If you choose to place your baby with first-time adoptive parents, rest assured that they want nothing more than to raise your child in a healthy, stable environment — and there will never be a shortage of love to give that baby!

Because many of the families who choose to adopt through American Adoptions don’t have children, you’ll be able to decide what other factors are important to you in an adoptive family as well:

  • Where do you want your child to grow up? American Adoptions is a national adoption agency, and as such, we work with adoptive families across the country. If it’s important to you that your child remain close to you, you can choose an adoptive family in your state or region. If you have a specific vision for your child — such as growing up in a large urban area on the coast or a farm in the Midwest — that can be accommodated as well.

  • Is it important to you that your child looks like his or her adoptive family? Of course, an adopted child won’t share DNA with his or her adoptive family. However, some women feel strongly about placing a baby with someone who has the same cultural background and heritage that they do.

  • What values are important to you in an adoptive family? Do you want your child’s adoptive family to share the same religious or political views as you? Is it important that they emphasize being outdoors, or time spent studying the arts? With a range of adoptive families, it’s very likely that you’ll be able to find adoptive parents who prioritize the same things you do and hope to pass those priorities on to a child.

Once you work with your adoption specialist to identify what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, she will begin to show you profiles of couples that may fit that description. When you find one that interests you, your adoption specialist can arrange a conference call for you to speak with them further. If all goes well, they could be your child’s adoptive parents!

For more information about adoption, please don’t hesitate to contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION. To begin looking at potential adoptive parents with no other children, use this tool.


Having trouble finding the perfect adoptive family online? Don’t be discouraged. American Adoptions is currently working with many adoptive families at all stages of the process — and not all of them are currently listed on our website. In addition, we work with a nationwide network of other adoption professionals that can help us conduct a wider search for exactly the family you’re looking for.

To discuss your preferences for an adoptive family and get help finding them, reach out to an adoption specialist by calling 1-800-ADOPTION at any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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