Types of Adoption

There are different types of adoptions to consider when planning on growing your family through adoption. Brief descriptions of the types of adoption are provided below:

Agency Adoption:

Public: Usually financially supported and managed by the state, counties, or cities. This may cost the adoptive parent more than the private option, due to extended services.

Independent Adoption:

Private: An attorney deals with mostly infant adoptions, but can also deal with others. The private adoption may also be a facilitator in adoption.

Several Choices of Adoptions:

Open: Allows birthparents and adoptive parents to meet before the baby is born, as well as exchange addresses and phone numbers throughout the adopted child’s life. It is also possible for the families to visit one another.

Semi-Open: The birthparents are able to pick the adoptive parents from a profile, and are able to stay updated by pictures, etc, through the connection of the adoption agency.

Closed: The birthparents and adoptive parents do not meet, exchange information, or contact one another.

International Adoption:

Choosing a country can be difficult. Countries that are frequently adopted from are: Russia, China, Romania, Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia, and India. An adoption agency or attorney can help start your search.

Foster Adoption:

Usually involve older children

Typically low cost because they are done through the state

Stepparent Adoption:

Over half of the United States Adoptions are stepparent adoptions.

A home study is usually conducted to insure the child’s safety


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