Special Adoptions

Special Adoptions

"Special adoptions" are more than just the adoption of children with special needs. There are several adoption situations that may be considered a special adoption. These include children with special physical, medical or emotional needs, single parent adoption, adoption by a relative or step-parent, adoption by a gay/lesbian, and transracial, & transcultural adoptions.  These are discussed below.

Our Agency is a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation to you for our help


Adoption of Children with Special Needs

Adoption of Children with Special Needs

Based on state and federal government reports, there are over 100,000 children in the U.S. alone who have special needs and are waiting to be adopted. While there are also many children with special needs in foreign countries, most of the adoptions of special needs children are done through US state programs. In order to help facilitate the adoption of a special needs child the state and U.S. governments provide financial assistance.

Single Parent Adoptions

Single Parent Adoptions

A single woman or single man is all too often faced with more obstacles to adopting a child than a married couple. This is true whether it is a single man or woman adopting or whether the child is a healthy or special needs child. However, the adoption of a healthy child by a single man or single woman has become common enough that with some extra research and effort a single person can adopt a healthy child.

Adoptions by Relatives

Adoptions by Relatives

Relatives of the birth mother or birth father may want to adopt the birth mother's child. However, each state has its own definition of what constitute a "relative". Furthermore, who is a "relative" and what the process is for that "relative" to adopt, changes from state to state.

Adoptions by Step-Parents

Adoptions by Step-Parents

Step-parent adoption is by far the most common type of child adoption. In a step-parent adoption you may or may not need the help of an adoption agency, but you will need the help of a child adoption attorney to determine the relevant legal requirements and to assist in the process.

Transracial and Transcultural Child Adoption

Transracial and Transcultural Child Adoption

In a transracial or transcultural child adoption you will be adopting a child that is of a race or ethnic group that is different than yours. In the U. S. trans-racial or trans-cultural child adoption often refers to the placement of a Black, Hispanic, Asian child or a child from another country with U.S. Caucasian adoptive parents; however, there are many other types of transracial or transcultural adoption.

Gay and Lesbian Adoptions

Gay and Lesbian Adoptions

Gay and lesbian singles and couples often find many doors closed to them and can have a difficult time in a child adoption. This site lists several organizations and publications supporting gay and lesbian parenting, including the status of gay and lesbian parenting, issues, laws, and more.


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