Guidelines to Choosing an Adoption Agency

 

Choosing an Adoption Attorney

The task of choosing an adoption agency or attorney involves a number of options and possibilities. The following suggestions are designed to help both birthmothers and adoptive parents in their decision-making process.

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Suggestions:

  • Get referrals from friends or others that have adopted or have placed their child for adoption, or contact an agency to get a list of referrals.
  • Ask how long the attorney has been involved in this line of work.
  • Find out if the attorney/agency has a history of disrupted adoptions, and if so, the reasons why.
  • Research and develop a list of attorneys that appear to meet your requirements.
  • Find out what services they offer both before and after the adoption.
  • Find out the costs of the adoption and the financial obligations of both the birth family and the adoptive family.
  • Ask if the agency places minority or biracial children.
  • Ask about open versus closed adoption and the attorney’s views and experience with each type of adoption.
  • Ask about any contractual obligations.
  • Ask about Adoption Plans and Decrees.
  • Inquire about the availability and type of counseling.
  • Adoptive Parents:
    • Ask how long the average wait is for a couple in your situation.
    • See what the procedures are in place to establish the health of the child.
    • Try to learn how involved with the attorney the birthparents’ parents are and how the attorney deals with birthfathers.
  • Birthparents:
    • See what procedures are in place to determine the health of the adoptive parents.
Last Updated: 07/2014