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.

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Basic facts about domestic adoption.

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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.

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“How I Handled Calls from Prospective Birth Mothers”

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:

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Adopting a Newborn in the U.S.

Fast Facts: Adopting a Newborn in the U.S.

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.

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Understanding the Cost of Domestic Agency Adoption

When deciding on domestic agency adoption, parents need to understand the potential costs. Use this breakdown to fully grasp how expenses pan out.

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“When I Knew I Was Ready to Adopt”

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.

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“If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

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.

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Interstate Adoption Laws

Which Laws Apply to My U.S. Adoption?

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."

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The Indian Child Welfare Act

Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act

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.

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How Should Parents Budget for a Domestic Adoption?

What costs should you be prepared for in a domestic adoption? Our legal expert explains.

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Birth Mother Expenses: What You Need to Know

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?

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What to consider when deciding independent vs agency adoption.

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.

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Our legal expert explains birth father rights in domestic adoption.

Birth Fathers’ Legal Rights in Adoption

Our legal expert explains birth father rights for alleged and presumed fathers, and what prospective adoptive parents need to consider.

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