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Can People from a Different State Adopt My Baby?

Learn About Interstate Adoption with one of our Hundreds of Out-of-State Families

As a woman considering adoption, you want to find the perfect adoptive family for your baby. But what if that family lives in another state?

With American Adoptions, you are not limited to hopeful parents in your own state or hometown. As a national agency, we work with waiting families across all 50 states to ensure you can find the perfect one for your child — regardless of where they live.

But you may be wondering exactly how these interstate adoptions work before, during and after placement. Here, learn more about the process to place your child for adoption with people from another state.

How Can People From Another State Adopt My Baby?

For expectant mothers, the adoption process is not much different for interstate adoption placements. Regardless of where you and the prospective adoptive parents live, you will still have an opportunity to make your own adoption plan, determine your preferences for an adoptive family, review waiting families’ profiles and choose the right one for your child.

Once you have found the perfect adoptive parents for your baby, here’s how the interstate adoption process will work:

  • Get to know the family through pre-placement contact. No matter how much distance may separate you, you will have the opportunity to grow close with the adoptive parents through mediated phone calls, the exchange of email, and more. If you want to meet the family in person, American Adoptions can even arrange for a visit with them in your hometown.

  • Meet the adoptive family at the hospital. When your baby is born, the adoptive parents you choose will travel to the hospital for placement. Every adoptive family who works with American Adoptions knows that their baby could be born anywhere, at any time, and they will be willing and ready to travel at a moment’s notice.

  • Ensure the adoption is completed safely. Before the adoptive family can return to their home state with the baby, they will need to go through a paperwork process to satisfy the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). This allows officials in your home state and the family’s home state to review the adoption and ensure your baby is going to a safe home.

  • Continue your relationship with post-placement contact. If you choose to have an open adoption, you can stay in touch with your child and the adoptive parents for years to come. If you want to have future visits with your child, you will be matched with an adoptive family who is willing and able to travel to you for those visits.

Whether you already know hopeful parents across state lines or need help searching the country for an adoptive family, American Adoptions can provide the guidance and services you need to safely place your baby with hopeful parents in any state.

To learn more about interstate adoption or to begin the process, contact an adoption specialist today at 1-800-ADOPTION. Your call is free, confidential, and does not obligate you to proceed with an adoption plan. 

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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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