Why work with a local adoption agency?
There are several reasons to consider working with a local agency like Adoption Choices of Florida, throughout the adoption process. Here are some of the top pros to consider before choosing to work with a local adoption agency:
- Adoption agencies are licensed and reviewed annually by their state government. This ensures that the agency complies with the state’s adoption laws. Because local and regional agencies have experience completing adoptions in your state or region, they are often experts on applicable adoption laws.
- You are able to meet your adoption professional in person. Because of their close proximity, your local agency may be able to offer face-to-face meetings throughout the adoption process. In addition, this close proximity can allow you to meet personally with birth mothers or adoptive families (respectively), rather than by phone or through an outsourced social worker, and can help cut back on travel required by national adoption agencies that match you with birth mothers from other states.
- Local agencies are involved in the adoption process from your first phone call up until finalization of the adoption. Adoption agencies are able to provide a variety of services to birth parents and adoptive families through every step of the process, whereas an adoption attorney or adoption facilitator may not be able to provide some services, such as counseling and support or post-placement correspondence.
Who adopts through local adoption agencies?
Adoptive families each have their own reasons for deciding to work with their chosen adoption professional. Clients who choose to work with local adoption agencies:
- are unwilling or unable to travel to another state to adopt a baby
- are not as focused on waiting time
- have a tight overall budget, although they should be careful to evaluate the way in which the fees and costs are paid because clients can quickly burn through their savings
- value face-to-face contact from the same person they work with
- are more financially risk tolerant
- are prepared for higher disruption rates than national agencies
- want to visit the agency often and meet in person with their adoption representative
- want to adopt locally
Choosing an adoption agency
If you have decided that working with a local adoption agency is the best choice for your family, there are several questions you may want to ask the adoption agencies you are considering before making your final decision:
- What states are you licensed in?
- What are your average adoption wait times?
- On average, how much does an adoption cost with your agency?
- What factors could increase or decrease wait times and cost?
- Are there any hidden fees that are not included in the estimate of fees?
- How do you advertise for prospective birth mothers?
- What adoption services are performed by your agency, and which services are outsourced?
- How do you try to protect adoptive families from adoption disruptions?
- When will we have access to our adoption specialist?
- Are there any requirements an adoptive family must meet to join your agency?
- How many waiting adoptive families do you currently have?
- How many full-time staff members do you have?
Consider a local adoption agency if you want to adopt a child from a birth mother in your state or region or if you want a more personal adoption experience. Choosing us could also make an open adoption more convenient for both parties.