Adoption Agencies: Domestic
We would be proud to have you call us and have us be the Agency you decide to work with; however, we want you to feel that every option is available to you. Accordingly, below we have not only given you information about us but also information about other adoption agencies around the U.S. Additionally, we have listed other information about adoption and about the risks involved in using unlicensed adoption facilitators or participating in a private adoption.
Our Agency, Adoption Services is a licensed non-profit adoption agency licensed in several states. Thus, we are able to assist adopting families and birth mothers in every state in the U.S. More than just a child adoption agency, we are caring professionals who are doing everything within our power to assist pregnant women, birth parents, adopting families and children everywhere.
If you want help, please contact us. If for any reason you would like the help of some other child adoption agency, near the end of this page you will find a chart with some adoption agencies in every state.
Thank you and we hope to hear from you.
Dr Vince Berger
Domestic Adoption Agencies
Adoption agencies all vary in how they proceed, how they select parents, match birth parents with an adopting family, what they charge, and how long the waiting list is. it may take you a good bit of time for you to learn about the adoption agencies that may be appropriate for you.
The quickest and safest ways to learn about adoption agencies is to do an internet search such as you are doing now (check out the listing below), click on the link selecting an agency, and/or contact your state adoption authority and ask them to send you a list of all licensed adoption agencies in your state. The list will probably include both public and private, as well as non-profit and for profit agencies, but will be limited to adoption agencies in your state.
Ways in Which Adoption Agencies Differ
It is important to know that while there are some similarities among adoption agencies, there are typically more differences than similarities. They have different requirements for applicants. Their have different process of approving families. One agency's philosophy may be nothing like another agency just down the street. Many agencies specialize in one type of placement or another. Most agencies have their own requirements for the types of people they will accept onto their waiting list.
Adoption agencies usually prefer adopting couples, rather than single parents. They are happiest with people who are between the ages of 25 and 45. Many also require a couple to have been married for at least a specific number of years. Some agencies will not work with your family if you already have children. Virtually all agencies will want to be sure you are financially able to raise a child properly. Many also prefer to match race and ethnic background.
Private child adoption agencies usually deal with local infants or infants from neighboring states. Some agencies handle only newborn babies or only healthy baby adoptions. Public agencies generally place "special needs" children and children for foster care. The most important variable is not whether the adoption agencies are public or private, non-profit or profit, whether they conduct open child adoptions or closed adoptions, or even what state they are in. The most important thing is for you to confirm that they are a licensed adoption agency and not a finder program or an adoption facilitator.
The best way to find out if an adoption agency is licensed is to call the adoption agency and ask them for their license number and the name and telephone number of their licensing authority. If they do not have one or will not give it to you, something is wrong and I strongly advise you to look elsewhere. Once they give you the requested information, be sure, in every case, to call the licensing authority and confirm it is a licensed adoption agency and that it is in good standing.
Risks when using Facilitators or Private Agencies
It is very important that you understand the difference between a licensed child adoption agency and adoption facilitators or private agencies. Licensed adoption agencies are regulated by the state to insure that everything that is done in a manner that is legal and in the best interest of all parties involved. Adoption facilitators and private agencies are often not licensed, not regulated by the state and can in some instances cause the adopting family (you) to lose all or part of your money or cause you the heartbreak of having to return a child that had been living in your home simply because the paperwork was not done perfectly. Or even worse lose your money and the child. With this in mind, we recommend that if you do not use our services you contact one of the licensed child adoption agencies listed below to see if they can assist you.
Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in the United States
If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.
International Child Adoption Agencies in the U.S.
If you would like information on adopting a child from other countries click here for information on International Child Adoption Agencies in the USA.
Additional Help and Resources
For more information about international child adoption click on the link international adoption.
Adoption Services has extensive experience with open and closed child adoption as well as variations of these two. We are able to help you with an adoption regardless of the state in which you reside.
Remember that in every adoption, except an intra family adoption, you will need a Home Study. Adoption Services is able to complete a Home Study for adopting persons who are residents of PA, NJ, NY, VA, WV, and FL.
If you need or want some specific personal advice contact your state
child welfare agency or state adoption contact. You can also call Dr. Vince Berger, a psychologist
and adoption professional.
Please visit our home page to read about our commitment to assist adoptive parents like you as well as pregnant women and birth parents.
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