Choosing Your Agency

Choosing an adoption agency and / or an attorney is a task in which there may be several opportunities. It is important to select the adoption professional that best meets your needs. Here is a list of suggestions to help birthmothers and birth families make the right choice for their adoption professional.


  • Get referrals from friends or others that have adopted or have placed their child for adoption
  • Ask how long the attorney or agency has been working in adoption
  • Find out what services they provide before and after the adoption
  • Find out if there are any costs of the adoption that you must cover
  • If needed, ask if the agency places minority or biracial children
  • Ask the adoption agency for a list of referrals
  • Determine if the adoption professional works with open or closed adoption and the attorney’s views and experience with both types
  • Inquire about the availability and credibility of counseling
  • Learn about the adoption plan, contract, and decrees
  • See what the procedures are on finding out the health and stability of the adoptive parents.

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