Q: My husband and I applied to an adoption agency a few months ago. Can we apply to another agency, while continuing with the original?
A: Two agencies with different roles can work together to help you complete an adoption, but you must be open with both. Its fairly common for agencies to partner up, with one doing the homestudy and post-placement, and the other matching you with a child. You might ask the first agency whether they ever work with another licensed agency for the placement component.
It is not acceptable to sign on with agencies that are not working together. If two agencies are trying to match you with a child, you may encounter legal entanglements that will, in the end, result in a longer process for you — and a longer stay in an orphanage or foster care for a child in need of a family.