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What is Private Adoption?

A Complete Guide to Private Adoption for Anyone Looking to Adopt a Baby

There is more than one way to adopt, and figuring out the type of adoption that will be best for you is the first big decision you’ll make in the adoption process.

Every adoption journey is unique. The factors the led you to adopt, your life situation, whether or not you have other children and many more things will determine which type of adoption is right for you. That means there’s not a “right” answer for everyone — just a right answer for you.

At American Adoptions, we believe anyone who dreams of becoming a parent deserves to see that dream fulfilled. We want you to pursue whichever type of adoption will be best for your family. We believe that could be private adoption.

We are a national, full-service private adoption agency. What does that mean, exactly? And what is private adoption? This guide will answer those questions and more.

Here’s what you need to know about private adoption, and a few reasons why it could be the best choice for you.

What Is Private Adoption?

In general, there are three primary types of adoption:

As you consider which type is right for you, it’s a good idea to look into all three. Here, we’re focusing on private adoption.

The first thing to know is that “private adoption” goes by several names. If you find reference to “domestic adoption” or “infant adoption,” these are most likely referring to the same process. So, what is it? Broadly speaking, a private adoption occurs when hopeful adoptive parents work with a private adoption agency to adopt an infant from the U.S. On the other side of this process, a prospective birth mother voluntarily chooses to create an adoption plan for her baby. This is different from foster care and international adoption, where children are often waiting for families due to causes far outside the mother’s control.

How to Privately Adopt a Baby

The private adoption process is unique from the other types of adoption. The first thing to do, after you know that this is the type of adoption you want to pursue, is to seek out private adoption services. This means finding a private adoption agency to work with.

American Adoptions is a full-service, fully-licensed national private adoption agency. We just threw a lot of terms at you, so let’s break that down:

  • Full-service: The private infant adoption process is long. There are a lot of unique steps involved. Many agencies are only equipped to meet the requirements of a few steps, but not us. We are a full-service agency, which means we can take care of you from start to finish. This continuity throughout the process helps families feel more confident and be at peace.

  • Fully-licensed: Some adoption professionals are beholden to no one outside of themselves. This means that there is no objective review to ensure they are doing things the right way. American Adoptions is a fully-licensed agency, which means we are held to the highest standards possible and subjected to trustworthy oversight. In short: we do things the right way.

  • National: American Adoptions conducts a nationwide search to find the right adoption opportunity for you during the private adoption process. This increase the likelihood of finding a placement that truly fits. It also shortens wait times for most adoptive families. Our large staff is responsive and experienced. We will put you in the best situation possible.

Working with a private adoption agency like American Adoptions can make your experience with the adoption process much better. You can find out more about our domestic infant adoption programs to see which one is the best fit for you.

Advantages of Private Adoption

There are plenty of benefits to private adoptions that are worth considering. Ultimately, how much these benefits matter is up to you. For instance, you may be in a position where shorter wait times aren’t as important, whereas another family could highly value this benefit.

Here are a few key benefits to private domestic adoption:

  • More control over the process: When you begin the private adoption process with American Adoptions, you will fill out something called an Adoption Planning Questionnaire (APQ). This is your chance to set the boundaries on your adoption. You can tell your adoption specialist specifically what you are hoping for and what you are not okay with. This gives you more control over the private adoption process than other types of adoption can afford.

  • Personal guidance from an adoption specialist: Personal connection is vital in a process that can be this emotional. At American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will guide you through each step and be there when you call.

  • Greater access to medical background and other pertinent information: When a birth mother chooses adoption for her baby, she works with our team to provide as much pertinent information as possible. At placement, this information is passed along, which can be incredibly helpful as medical needs arise in the future. Knowing the genetic history of your child is something that other types of adoption don’t generally allow for.

  • Fulfilling the dream of becoming parents: Of course, this is the ultimate benefit of private baby adoption. That moment when you hold your baby for the first time is life-changing in a way that nothing else is. Dreams become reality in the form of your child. What could be better?

If You Are Looking to Adopt a Baby Privately Today

If you are interested in more information about private adoption, or if you are ready to begin the private adoption process, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist today. You can also request more free information online at any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions accepts a limited number of families into our gender-specific program. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn whether we are currently accepting families into this program. With this option, families pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criterion. This fee is in addition to other program fees and covers additional advertising. The fee is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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