Ask AF: Working with Two Agencies

A prospective parent wonders if working with two adoption agencies — without informing them — is okay, both ethically and legally.

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.




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Adoption Agencies

Children’s Home Society & Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Building Blocks Adoption Service
Medina, OH
U.S. Newborn, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Bethany Christian Services
Grand Rapids, MI
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Gladney Center for Adoption
Fort Worth, TX
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Abrazo Adoption Associates
San Antonio, TX
U.S. Newborn, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Family & Children’s Agency, Inc.
Norwalk, CT
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Adoption by Shepherd Care
Hollywood, FL
U.S. Newborn, International
Family Life Services Adoption Agency
Lynchburg, VA
U.S. Newborn
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Family Law Company “Magistr”
Kolomyia, NY
International
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Children’s Connections, Inc.
Lubbock, TX
U.S. Newborn
TX
Spence-Chapin Services to Children & Families
New York, NY
U.S. Newborn, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Bal Jagat- Children’s World Inc.
Long Beach, CA
International
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