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

Family & Children’s Agency
Norwalk, CT
U.S. Newborn, International
Building Blocks Adoption Service
Medina, OH
U.S. Newborn, Special Needs/Waiting Child
OH
Family Life Services Adoption Agency
Lynchburg, VA
U.S. Newborn
ALL STATES
ALL STATES
Adoption by Shepherd Care
Hollywood, FL
U.S. Newborn, International
Children’s Connections, Inc.
Lubbock, TX
U.S. Newborn
TX
Sumner, WA
International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Adoptions of Indiana
Carmel, IN
U.S. Newborn
ADOPTIONS FROM THE HEART
Wynnewood, PA
U.S. Newborn
Tulsa, OK
International
A Love Beyond Borders
Denver, CO
International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
Silver Spring, MD
U.S. Newborn, International
Heartsent Adoptions, Inc.
Orinda, CA
U.S. Newborn, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Adopt for the Love of a Child (AdoptTLC)
Kingwood, TX
U.S. Newborn, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
La Crosse, WI
U.S. Newborn, International
Caring for Kids, Inc.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
Saint Louis, MO
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
The Barker Adoption Foundation
Bethesda, MD
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
A Bond of Love Adoption Agency
Sarasota, FL
U.S. Newborn
Pasadena, CA
U.S. Newborn, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
The Children’s Home Society of NJ
Trenton, NJ
U.S. Newborn
Adoption Circle
Columbus, OH
U.S. Newborn
Courageous Hearts Adoptions, Inc.
Greenwood, IN
U.S. Newborn
Colorado Christian Services
Centennial, CO
U.S. Newborn
Heart of Adoptions, Inc.
Tampa, FL
U.S. Newborn
Glendale, WI
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International
Evanston, IL
U.S. Newborn, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Bal Jagat – Children’s World Inc
Long Beach, CA
International

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