What are the best ways to verify adoption agency information?

My husband have been researching  adoption agencies. And, he believe we are selecting American adoptions. But, it seems difficult to verify the accuracy of the adoption agency information. I’m finding some reviews, but most of the information is opinion or individual experience, rather than verified statistics. In short, what is the best way to be sure you have selected the agency that’s best for you? 

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  • DeeDee
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    Hi Jennifer,
    First, I'd like to say that it's great you are being careful in your selection of an adoption agency. Choosing a skilled and reputable professional is crucial to a successful adoption.

    When my husband and I began researching adoption, we read a lot of information (as I'm sure you have!). To make our decision, we spoke with several agencies and asked them a list of questions. Many local agencies will have informational meetings for adoptive parents, where you can ask them such questions as "How many adoptions do you typically do in a year?" and "How long have you been in business?"

    Here are some ideas of questions you could ask:

    1)    What programs do you offer?

    2)    Are there any age requirements for your programs?

    3)    Is it possible to switch programs during the process?

    4)    Are you required to travel for an international adoption?

    5)    What are the approximate costs to adopt?

    6)    Are we required to pay for birth parent expenses?

    7)    About how many placements do you
    make per year?

    8)    How many families do you have waiting
    to adopt?

    9)      Approximately how long can I expect to wait before successfully adopting?

    10)   Once I’ve completed my application, how soon will I be contacted to begin the
    home study?

    11)   How long does a home study typically take?

    12)   Do you offer the option of having an
    online profile?

    13)   What services do you provide after
    the adoption?


    Our ultimate decision came by trusting our instincts. If agency didn't feel "right" to us, we walked away. If you're not fully comfortable with the agency you're considering, it likely isn't the right choice for you. There are so many agencies out there, so don't feel pressured to pick one right away. Take some time to see what else is out there. 

    Always make sure the agency is licensed. And actually talk to adoptive parents who have used them rather than just relying on reviews. 

    For help finding an agency, you can visit:
    https://adoption.com/directory/

    You may also find these articles helpful:

    4 Things You Need In An Adoption Agency - https://adoptionagency.com/4-things-need-adoption-agency/

    10 Things to Know Before Adopting - https://adoption.co.uk/10-things-to-know-before-adopting/

    Best of luck to you and your husband!






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