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:

    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!

  • Answer ✓

     Every adoption agency has to be licensed in the state in which you reside. I would suggest calling as many agencies as you have available to you and attending any information meetings they may offer. That way you can get a feel for how each of the agencies operate and if you “feel” like they are a good match for you. You will know when you just don’t feel like one of the agencies is right for your family.

    Once you have narrowed your search down I would suggest doing as much research as possible on those agencies you have narrowed it down to. Your state should have a state licensing specialist that you can call and see if the agency is in good standing or now. They will also be able to tell you if they have any complaints on file and how long they have maintained their license. Similarly, you  can contact the Better Business Bureau nearest to the agencies you are researching. They may or may not be able to help you as the complaints may go through the state licensing program. You could also contact your state’s Attorney General’s office too. They will be able to see if any legal action has been taken against the agency.

    You can ask the agencies to provide you with three references from the agency. These can be past adoptive families. Once you get in contact with the past adoptive families, you can ask them questions about how they felt the process went and if they have any complaints about the agency. Also, if you have access to an adoption support group in your community (try your local church or civic organization) you could also ask them which agency they used and what they liked and did not like about using that specific agency.

    The fact that you are already considering these options shows how great of a parent you will be! Do your research and go with your heart!

    Here are two great resources to help you locate an adoption agency: here or here

  • Answer ✓
    Verifying an adoption agency is so incredibly important. It is vital to find an adoption agency that is both ethical and well-known. As with any great thing, there can be an evil side, even adoption. Not every agency is around to do good. Some are in it for strictly business.

    The good news is that there are many great agencies out there! It will just take a lot of vetting of agencies. There are a few great ways, many mentioned by the previous posters, to vet an adoption agency. One can start with a simple Google search. Look for agencies in your area and check out their websites. Also take the time to read their Google reviews. Those can be quite telling!

    If you know anyone in your area who has adopted or know of any adoption groups in your area, ask for recommendations of agencies or which ones to avoid. Many of these groups are often more than happy to refer or tell about their experiences. You can also search within groups on social media to ask for experiences and referrals. It is also wise to post your question in the Forums at Adoption.com and request feedback. 

    In general, there are red flags to look for when it comes to choosing an agency. Make sure that the agency uses respectful language in regards to birth parents. Be weary of agencies that require an exorbitant amount of money up front. If you are adopting internationally, check with your state authorities and public record to make sure that they are properly licensed. 

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