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How to Find Young Couples Wanting to Adopt

If you choose adoption to make sure your child has the best possible life, how do you make sure he or she gets it? With American Adoptions, you get to choose your child’s adoptive family and get to know them to ensure they’re exactly what you’re looking for. For some women, that may mean placing their child specifically with young couples wanting to adopt. This article will explore both the requirements that young couples adopting have to meet and the potential benefits of pursuing a young couple adoption.

What requirements do young couples wanting to adopt have to meet with American Adoptions?

Every family that works with American Adoptions must meet three critical requirements:

  1. The family has completed a home study. Before a family can adopt — no matter how old they are or which type of adoption they decide to pursue — they must complete an adoption home study. Essentially, this is an assessment of their readiness to adopt a child and includes three phases. The first is a documentation stage, which includes background checks, medical records and financial records. The second is a home inspection to ensure the family can provide a safe place for a child. The third is an interview with each family member in the home to ensure that everyone is on board with adopting.

  2. The family is fully committed to growing through adoption. While it’s certainly not always the case, many families who choose to adopt have gone through painful struggles with infertility. It’s important that, should this be the case, the family has both grieved and accepted that loss and grown to be just as excited about adoption as they would have been to have a child biologically.

  3. The family is accepting and excited to have contact with you. American Adoptions requires that all families we work with be willing to send, at a minimum, photo and letter updates of adopted children to their birth parents for up to 18 years after the adoption. You’ll never have to wonder how your child is doing when you place with an American Adoptions family. If you want to have even more contact with the adoptive family, that’s certainly an option as well.

All American Adoptions adoptive parents are between the ages of 22 and 50, and couples must have been married for a minimum of two years. Regardless of age, they have all met the requirements for adopting, which means their home study provider deemed them healthy and fit to care for a new child. If you’re looking for a specific age of adoptive parent, be sure to speak with your adoption specialist so she can help to accommodate this preference.

Why might a woman be interested in pursuing a young couple adoption?

Every woman’s ideal adoptive family is probably going to look slightly different. If you’re specifically interested in younger couples adopting, it could be for many reasons, including:

  • You want to make sure the adoptive family has plenty of energy to be active with your child.

  • You want to ensure that your child’s adoptive parents with be young and healthy for as long as possible.

  • You might find it easier to relate to a younger couple who is closer to your own demographic.

  • Because of generational divides, younger people might be more accepting of different cultures and more likely to raise their children to be open-minded and inclusive.

However, age isn’t the only factor you get to consider when choosing the perfect adoptive family for your child. In addition, consider some of the following questions:

  • Do you envision your child growing up in a specific location? Whether you picture a rural farm setting or a larger, more diverse city, American Adoptions works with couples across the nation and can work with you to make sure your child grows up where you wish.

  • Is it important to you that your child grow up with siblings? Some women have fond memories of growing up with their own and want to ensure their children have similar experiences, while others prefer to place their babies with couples who haven’t been able to have children of their own.

  • What other values are important to you in an adoptive family? Should the couple share your religious beliefs? Your political views?

Whatever your perfect adoptive family looks like, American Adoptions can work with you to make that vision a reality.  For more information about young couples wanting to adopt, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.

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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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