We asked AF readers: Did anyone help you with your adoption? Whether it was an adoption agency or attorney or other adoption professional, we want to know how you chose the people who helped you adopt.
Building Your Adoption Team
Find advice on building your adoption team, starting with choosing an adoption agency or hiring an adoption attorney, then rounding out your international, foster, or domestic adoption team with any other adoption professionals.
Ask AF: Why Just One Adoption Attorney Won’t Do
“Can prospective adoptive parents and birth family share an attorney?” A legal adoption expert explains.
Ask AF: Adoption Fraud
Answers to your parenting questions.
What Happens if my Agency or Attorney Screws Up?
If your adoption drags on and on, or if you keep getting birth mother matches or child referrals that don’t come close to your requirements, you’ll have to think about making a change.
Questions to Ask Your Potential Adoption Attorney
“Niceness is not typically a concern when you are looking for an attorney to litigate a case, but in an adoption, when the attorney is going to have direct contact with the birth parents, you need your legal representative to be a likeable person!”
Questions to Ask Your Potential Adoption Agency
We can’t say this often enough. Look for an agency or attorney that has completed lots of adoptions just like yours: same kind of child, same kind of parents.
The Basics of Choosing an Adoption Agency
When you start out choosing an adoption agency, you’ll need the answers to these common questions. Learn how to make the best decision for your family.
Where to Start When Choosing Your Adoption Team
Should you choose an agency or attorney? Where should you start? Answers to these common questions, and more.
What to Ask Before Hiring an Adoption Attorney
Everything you need to ask before picking a legal professional to handle your adoption.
Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Adoption Agency
Deciding on an adoption agency can be an organizational challenge. Read up on the best questions to ask before making your choice.
Hiring Your Adoption Professional
Doing your homework helps you feel comfortable with your selection. How can you find that same comfort level when you hire an adoption professional? You probably have not done that before, and you may not know anyone else who has, either. You may not know what to ask for or how to get what you need.
How to Research an Adoption Professional
Finding an adoption professional can be difficult. Here are some tips to help with your research.
How Do I Find My Domestic Adoption Team?
Tips from an adoption lawyer on deciding between independent and agency adoption, and on hiring the right professionals.
Building “Nontraditional” Families
Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.