How to Choose an Adoption Agency
The task of choosing an adoption agency or attorney involves a number of options and possibilities.
The following suggestions are designed to help both birthmothers and adoptive parents in their decision-making process.
Get referrals from friends or others that have adopted or have placed their child for adoption, or contact an adoption agency to get a list of referrals.Ask how long the attorney has been involved in this line of work.Find out if the attorney/agency has a history of disrupted adoptions, and if so, the reasons why.Research and develop a list of attorneys that appear to meet your requirements.Find out what services they offer both before and after the adoption.Find out the costs of the adoption and the financial obligations of both the birth family and the adoptive family.Ask if the agency places minority or biracial children.Ask about open versus closed adoption and the attorney’s views and experience with each type of adoption.Ask about any contractual obligations.Ask about Adoption Plans and Decrees.Inquire about the availability and type of counseling.
Tips for Adoptive Parents
Ask how long the average wait is for a couple in your situation.See what the procedures are in place to establish the health of the child.Try to learn how involved with the attorney the birthparents’ parents are and how the attorney deals with birth fathers.
Tips for Birthparents
See what procedures are in place to determine the health of the adoptive parents.