by Jeanne T. Tate
Domestic Adoption Overview: How to Adopt a Baby in the U.S.
Would you like to adopt a baby? Learn about the domestic adoption process and how to adopt a child in the U.S.
What to ask — and what not to ask — a potential birth mother in your first encounter.
What has also changed dramatically is that no matter how you choose to build your family, when your child arrives at school, he or she is no longer going to be the only one with two mommies, two daddies, or even a single mom or dad.
Our advertising was placed, our adoption profile was ready to go, and it was only a matter of time before our 800-line started ringing with calls from expectant mothers. Yikes! Mercifully, I was prepared, thanks to the expertise of my adoption attorney, adoption consultant, and other adoptive parents. Here’s what I learned:
You’ll need an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process.
The annual number of infants adopted domestically (excluding foster and relative adoption) is estimated to be around 18,000 — far greater than the annual number of international adoptions. Moreover, the process of adopting a newborn in the United States can go more swiftly than you may imagine.
The cost of adoption varies, but usually falls within a certain range.
When deciding on domestic agency adoption, parents need to understand the potential costs. Use this breakdown to fully grasp how expenses pan out.
Even after we turned in our paperwork, I wasn’t 100-percent certain I was ready to adopt. But when the time was right, I knew.
Before trying to have kids, I'd never failed at anything. Though I still believe in planning and hard work, it was something else that brought me my two beautiful boys.
In an interstate domestic adoption, it’s not always clear-cut which state’s laws will apply to the process. An adoption attorney explains how to determine “choice of law.”
Special rules may apply if a child you’re adopting has any Native American or Alaskan Native heritage. Here’s what prospective parents need to know about the Indian Child Welfare Act, and what steps to take if ICWA applies.
What costs should you be prepared for in a domestic adoption? Our legal expert explains.
After a few highly publicized cases where birth fathers contested adoptions, some states are taking a stand.
How parents-to-be can survive failed expectant mother matches, changes to country programs, foster placements that do not lead to adoption, and other potential heartaches along the way.
If a prospective birth mother decides not place her baby with us for adoption, can we get back the money we paid for her living expenses during the pregnancy?
Tips from an adoption lawyer on deciding between independent and agency adoption, and on hiring the right professionals.
Our legal expert explains birth father rights for alleged and presumed fathers, and what prospective adoptive parents need to consider.
Try these tips to travel lighter and more easily for domestic adoption.
The ICPC aims to facilitate cooperation between states and to ensure the placement of children in safe and suitable homes.