If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering placing your child for adoption, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. During this time, you’re already having to answer an overwhelming amount of questions. Do you want an open, a semi-open, or a closed adoptive relationship? If you want to choose your child’s adoptive parents, what traits are important to you? What environment do you envision your baby growing up in?
With all this on your mind, how can you also find the perfect adoption professional for your journey?
It’s a lot to consider, and it’s easy to feel stressed with the pressure of making the right choices. One factor that can make your adoption journey infinitely less worrisome is the right adoption professional. There are many different kinds, and they each have different sets of strengths and weaknesses.
As a pregnant woman considering adoption, you may consider the help of any of the following:
- National Adoption Agencies: A national adoption agency is the type of adoption professional that can provide the most services to you on this journey. They are licensed to complete adoptions all across the country and have experienced staff and resources necessary to guide you through every step of the adoption process.
- Local Adoption Agencies: Local and regional adoption agencies are typically able to provide services for each step of the adoption process, although their reach will be smaller, leading to fewer resources and a smaller pool of adoptive families to choose from.
- Adoption Attorneys: An adoption attorney will be necessary in any adoption scenario to complete the legal side of the process. If you only need legal assistance, it might be okay to work solely with an adoption lawyer to place your baby with adoptive parents.
- Adoption Facilitators: Adoption facilitators are both unlicensed and unregulated, but they can help you to find an adoption match if you work with someone else to receive all your other adoption services.
It is your right to use any of the above professionals, and the one that works best for you will depend on the details of your individual situation. However, in most scenarios, we recommend that pregnant women considering adoption opt to work with national adoption agencies. There are many reasons behind this, but when it comes to private adoption agencies (or domestic adoption agencies), there are significant benefits to national professionals that can’t be found with other types of adoption professionals.
Read more about the benefits of working with national newborn adoption agencies below:
- You will be completely in charge. When you work with a national adoption agency, you are in the driver’s seat of the adoption process. You get to make all the decisions, and you’ll create an adoption plan that is tailored exactly to your needs and the life you envision for your child. A national adoption agency is typically extremely flexible in terms of religion and values, which means that not only will you not be forced to meet certain “requirements” to work with them, but you’ll be able to see prospective adoptive families from all different backgrounds and walks of life.
- You will have access to 24/7 counseling. A national adoption agency is typically going to have a larger staff with more licensed and trained social workers who have spent years working with women in similar situations to yours. Not only will you be matched with your own individual social worker, but with some agencies, you’ll be able to contact them any time you need advice. Your pregnancy isn’t limited to business hours, and your access to counseling shouldn’t be, either.
- You have access to a wider variety of adoptive families. When you decide to place your child for adoption, it’s possible you have the perfect adoptive family in mind. Maybe they live in the mountains and haven’t been able to have other children, or maybe they already have a large, loving family because you want to guarantee your child has siblings. Maybe you aren’t quite sure what the right fit for your baby is yet. Whatever the case, working with a national adoption agency will give you access to a vast quantity of potential adoptive families, and you’re sure to find one that can give your child the life you want for them.
- You have access to every possible service with a single adoption agency. If you work with an adoption professional other than a full-service agency, it’s important to remember that you’ll be responsible for finding additional professionals to help with different aspects of your adoption. This may mean that separate people will be responsible for coordinating your birth plan, your legal services, your insurance issues, matching services, and more.
- You will have help obtaining financial aid. By choosing to work with one of a few national domestic adoption agencies, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll have someone in your corner to help you legally obtain the amount of financial aid you may qualify for. This might include medical fees, legal fees, counseling fees, living expenses, and more. Working with a licensed, national agency ensures that you have someone to help you access these resources legally and safely.
Choosing the right adoption professional can make all the difference in your adoption journey. When speaking with potential adoption agencies, make sure to do your research and ask about all of the above questions as well as any additional services they may offer.
Here are a few national adoption agencies that you may consider working with during your journey: