How to Research an Adoption Professional

Looking for an adoption professional is an important — and confusing — step in your adoption journey. Here's where to start.

A couple talking to an adoption professional

COVER THE BASICS:

  • Carefully read the articles on selecting an adoption agency and an adoption attorney on Adoptive Families.
  • Once you have selected a list of adoption agencies or adoption attorneys for consideration, read details about each one’s philosophy and programs in the online adoption professional database on Building Your Family.
  • Search our adoption agency directory to find an agency you’re interested in. Then, use the link at the top of the webpage to request information from that agency.
  • Read the adoption agency or attorney written materials (whether online or in print) carefully.
  • Call each agency or professional to ask the “Questions to Ask an Adoption Attorney” and “Questions to Ask an Adoption Agency.”

TALK TO PARENTS WHO ADOPTED THROUGH THE ATTORNEY/AGENCY YOU ARE CONSIDERING:

  • Ask the attorney/agency to give you names of client families who adopted recently, as well as families who adopted a year or more previously.
  • Join a listserv of other families who have adopted from the country you have chosen (find one at Adoptive Families Circle). Post a request there for feedback about the agency or professional you are considering.
  • Join a local parent support group (find one in our searchable database), and ask other parents about their experiences.

RESEARCH WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Check with your state adoption unit (find it on http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb) to see whether there have been complaints in your state.
  • Check the licensing status of an agent or attorney with your state licensing unit or the local bar association.
  • Check the financials of any non-profit adoption agency on guidestar.org.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau: bbb.org.
  • Find out if the agency is a member of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services: jointcouncil.org.
  • Find out whether the agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation: coanet.org. (Do not be overly concerned if it is not. COA accreditation is still fairly rare.)


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Adoption Attorneys

Sogand Zamani, Zamani & Associates
Sogand Zamani
Washington, DC
DC, MD
Herrin & Leach, LLC
Nathan Leach
Indianapolis, IN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
IN
Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.
Danelle D. Barksdale
Tampa, FL
FL
Gillespie Law Group, LLC
Genie Miller Gillespie
Chicago, IL
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
IL
The Kern Law Firm PLLC
Jennifer K. Kern
Claremore, OK
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
OK
Bullock Law, LLC
Ellyn J. Bullock
Champaign, IL
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
IL
TruAdopt Law
Celeste E. Liversidge
Pasadena, CA
U.S. Newborn
CA
Lisa L. Collins, Esq.
Nashville, TN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
TN
Horn Law Group, LLC
Margaret Moriarty
Toms River, NJ
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
NJ
Woodruff Law Firm, P.A.
Jennifer Woodruff Douglas
Lake City, AR
U.S. Newborn
AR
Faith Getz Rousso, Esq.
Garden City, NY
U.S. Newborn
NY
Adoption Legal Services of Oklahoma
Charles Watts
Oklahoma City, OK
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
OK
Messerli Kramer
Gary A. Debele
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
MN, WI
Shelley B. Ballard, PC
Chicago, IL
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
IL
Fiddler Osband LLC
Rachel Osband
Edina, MN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
MN
Essex Richards, P.A.
Robert S. Blair Jr.
Charlotte, NC
NC
C.J. Lyford
Lafayette Hill, PA
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
PA

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