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What is the waiting period to adopt? Please feel free to contact me, Dr Vince Berger, at Adoption Services if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way What is the waiting period to adopt?

What is the Waiting Period to Adopt?


Typically there are 4 waiting periods. The first is how long it takes you to decide that adoption is the route you want to go.  The next waiting period is the time you have to wait from when you start the process until you take actual custody of the child you hope to adopt.  The third waiting period is the time in a domestic adoption that the birth mother or birth father has to change their mind and ask for the return of the baby.  The fourth is the waiting period until you can adopt the child that is already in your custody. 

The last two waiting periods depend on the adoption laws of each state and the standard practices of local courts."  The information below discusses the second type of wait, the time you will have to wait before you take physical custody of a child.

Waiting Period for a Domestic Adoption

Click here to read our free adoption self help manual.The total waiting period in a domestic child adoption depends on several factors including the age, health, cultural heritage, race, and nationality of the child.  It also depends on your child adoption budget, whether you find the child yourself, work with a private agency, an attorney, or adopt through a state foster care adoption program.

The wait with a private child adoption agency can also depend on whether the agency uses a fixed waiting list or a pooling/profile program.  In general, waiting periods vary from about 6 months up to several years.

Our (Adoption Services) waiting times: 

  • Our current estimated waiting time for the placement of a healthy US-born Caucasian infant is approximately 4 months to 18 months.  For a healthy US-born Black or bi-racial (Caucasian/African-American) infant the estimated wait is approximately 2 to 6 months.

  • We use a fixed waiting list and not a pooling program.  As soon as registration materials are received you are placed on our fixed waiting list.  By using the fixed waiting on a "first-come, first served" basis, we are able to provide you with a realistic waiting time.

  • We specialize in placing healthy newborns, infants, and children.

  • We use direct placement and not foster care. With a newborn you will come to the hospital to take custody of the newborn.

  • We conduct both open and closed adoptions. You can meet the birth parents or decide not to meet them. You can select both the type of adoption you want as well as specifying the type of child you wish to adopt.

International Adoption

In an international child adoption there is usually no agency waiting period, but the waiting time depends on the process used and the country you are adopting from. Waits usually average from about 1 to 5 years depending on the country involved.

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