If you are reading this article then it is safe to assume you are dealing with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. You have explored your options and are leaning towards choosing adoption, but aren’t exactly sure what the next step is. You are in the right place as we have answers to some of the most common questions asked by women just like you who are thinking about working with a local adoption agency but just don’t know where to start.
What are Local Adoption Agencies?
Local adoption agencies are licensed adoption professionals that provide services to pregnant women wanting to give up their baby to an adoptive family wanting to adopt a child. There are several big national adoption agencies that you might encounter during your research. Know that larger agencies may have more resources available to you, but might be limited on resources in your area. If you are interested in having an adoption professional meet with you in person and be by your side in the delivery room, then you may want to choose a local adoption agency.
How Do I Choose an Ethical Adoption Agency?
The best way to choose an ethical adoption agency is by reading Google, Facebook, and Yelp reviews to get an unbiased opinion of the agency. You can also read their BBB rating and feedback. You won’t find a Local or National agency this is 100% so be sure to find one that crosses off all of your needs. From financial support to helping you find the best family for your baby, make sure they can fulfill your needs during the adoption process exactly how you want it.
How Do I Choose an Adoption Agency?
When it is time to decide on who to work with you have to trust your gut instinct. Once you have completed your research to help you determine what agencies meet your ethical standards by reading reviews, then you need to call them and speak to one or more adoption specialists. See how you like talking to them and if they seem supportive and interested in you. Once you feel you have made a good connection with one of the social workers don’t be afraid to ask them about their successful adoptions and how they have helped prospective birth parents like you.
How Much Does a Local Adoption Agency Cost?
There is no cost or adoption fee for pregnant women who choose to give up their baby. Whether you are working with an adoption attorney, adoption facilitator, or agency there is never any cost passed to the expectant mother. The legal process and fees are handled by your adoption specialist and adoptive parents. Rest assured that there is not a hidden list of fees that you will have to deal with after the baby is born. The financial support for birth moms choosing an agency adoption plan is fantastic.
What are the Pros and Cons of Working with a Local Adoption Agency?
The pros and cons will be different on every website you read because almost all of them have an agenda behind their information. We see benefits for working with both and think that you can’t go wrong with your decision as long as you have taken the time to do the research we mentioned and talking to an adoption specialist at multiple organizations until you found a good fit. Looking into the adoption laws in your state and asking questions before you start any adoption services is a great tip that we hope you will consider.
Why Would a Pregnant Women Work with a Local or National Adoption Agency?
The best reason to work with an adoption agency is their ability to help you find the perfect hopeful family for your baby. Whether you are interested in a transracial adoption, LGBTQ adoption, open adoption, or even a private (closed) adoption you will have the opportunity to make the choices you want until the time when you surrender your parental rights. This is your baby and your adoption plan. You can take the time to find a licensed agency that has a waiting family that fits your dreams for your baby and take the next step in your pregnancy.