Adoption From the Adopting Families Point of View
We are here to assist you in every way possible. This Table of Contents lists the information that is covered in more detail on the website. You can click on any link in this Table of Contents or, if you prefer, you may click the next button which appears above on the right and it will take you through all the information below page by page, or you can click on the links on the right hand side (the left hand column is for a birth mother or birth father) and you can simply read only the parts that interest you. If you cannot find the information you are seeking please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help.
Our introduction to adoption starts by detailing the ways we can help you, with information about our adoption agency, Adoption Services, how you can contact us and we provide answers to some of the areas that we are frequently asked questions about.
Domestic Adoption discusses the types of domestic child adoption including specifics on domestic and international adoption, a discussion of agency and private adoption and foster care adoption as well as facilitator adoption and interstate and intrastate adoption. Also discussed is open and closed adoption, adoption requirements and restrictions, and the important Home Study process. At the end of this section we provide you with advise and guidelines on selecting a child adoption agency and provide you with a list of child adoption agencies in every state.
International Adoption discussses the international child adoption process, adoption from the three leading international adoption countries, China and Russia and Guatemala, as well as child adoption from other countries. As with the domestic adoption section above, we close with a list of international adoption agencies you can contact if you would like to compare their services to ours.
Special adoptions provides information on the adoption of children with special needs, children involving transracial and transcultural adoption, child adoption by single persons and blood relatives as well as child adoption by step-parents.
Rights and Laws
Child Adoption Laws and rights includes your rights, the rights of the birth parents, and information about general adoption law and the adoption laws in your state. Recognizing that not all adoption situations work out, we have included information on child adoption disruptions and on how to contact an adoption attorney.
Help For Families
Help For Adopting Families will give you valuable information on obtaining adoption financial help as well as medical help. We also provide information about obtaining important birth and adoption records and how to find adoption support groups that you can contact.
Government Assistance For Adopting Families lists many state and federal government resources that can help you in the child adoption process. Included are adoption exchanges and photolists for every state, child health insurance programs, child nutrition programs, the child welfare agency in every state, how to contact the State Department of Health and Department of Education. We also provide the state adoption contact in each U.S. state.
Raising Your Child
Raising your adopted child includes infant nutrition information, help with developmental issues, explaining adoption to your child and to others, emotional concerns, school issues, and therapy related information including therapist selection.
We Care About You
We Care About You tells you more about Adoption Services founder and director Dr. Vince Berger, how to obtain Dr. Berger's free adoption manual, and testimonials regarding Dr. Berger, his staff, and Adoption Services child adoption programs. Although not directly related to adoption, we have also provided information about child abuse to help educate everyone about this horrible crime.
Waiting Times and Fees
Waiting Times and Fees, will give you information about adoption waiting times and about the total adoption costs you can anticipate.
We are able to help residents of all 50 U.S. states, U.S. citizens living or stationed abroad, and citizens of other countries living in the U.S. or living outside the U.S. Please contact us if you have any questions or want to know how we can help you. And please visit our home page to read about our commitment to help you, other adopting persons, pregnant women, and birth parents.
Adoption Consultant Resource
There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.
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