A domestic child adoption involves adopting a child within the country where you reside. For a U.S. citizen this means adopting a child born in the U.S. or born in another country but who is a U.S. citizen through the birth parents; for example, where a U.S. military birth mother gives birth to a child while stationed overseas or a U.S. birth mother living overseas gives birth to a child.
A domestic child adoption can be a private child adoption or an agency child adoption. A private adoption is arranged through an individual (often a lawyer or a physician), a child adoption facilitator, or referral service while an agency child adoption is arranged through an adoption agency. Note that not all attorneys are trained in child adoption matters and not all agencies are licensed and non-profit.
We are 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.
A domestic child adoption can be an open or a closed child adoption. In a closed child adoption, the last names and other identifying information of the birth mother and birth father and that of the adopting family are not known to each other. While many details may be shared, no identifying information (such as last name, addresses, social security numbers, etc.) is exchanged. In an open adoption, the birth mother and/or birth father and adopting parents exchange identifying information.
A domestic child adoption can also be an intrastate child adoption where the birth mother and adopting family live in the same state, or it can be an interstate child adoption where the birth mother and adopting family live in different states. An intrastate child adoption must meet the requirements of only one state. An interstate child adoption must meet the requirements of at least two states as well as the Interstate Compact Act which has been agreed to by all U.S. states and territories.
The distinction among the above types of child adoption is important since each type of child adoption must meet a different set of legal requirements which change from state to state. Understanding the information provided throughout this website is very important and should not just be left to the "experts". After you have reviewed all the appropriate "buttons" on the website, if you want a more personal touch, please feel free to visit AdoptionServices.org or write Dr. Vince Berger.
Each state has a special website and special contacts to help a person or couple who is interested in child adoption. The chart below provides links to child adoption information for every state. An additional child adoption resource for each state is the State Child Welfare website.
Why would You Want an Adoption Consultant?
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), losing 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.
We are licensed in multiple states and are able to help a birth mother, birth father, and adopting family living in any of the 50 U.S. states.
Dr Vince Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services
Adoption Services, Inc
28 Central Blvd
Camp Hill, PA 17011