Adopting a Child

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For those seeking to become adoptive parents in the U.S., Canada, and around the world, information about who can adopt, the homestudy, procedures, terms, options, costs, types of adoption, open adoption, agencies, facilitators, and professionals for domestic and international adoptions.


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Information & Resources

Adopting Parents Center

Learn the basics of who can adopt, how much adoption costs, risks in adoption, and explore common concerns and first questions. A great first resource to learn about adoption and your options.

ABCs of Adoption

Learn about adoption in this brief review of the basics of the legal process, costs, types of adoption, who can adopt, waiting children, and special needs.

Who Can Adopt

You can be married or single, straight or gay, rich or not rich, healthy or disabled, but in some instances, you can't be overweight. Resources and information for all hopeful adoptive parents of all ages and circumstances.

How to adopt

Domestic and international, infant and older child: there are many ways to adopt. Adoptions can be handled through adoption attorneys, private agencies, facilitators, public agencies, or a combination. Find information on each method, as well as specifics

Adoption Costs & Fees

Resources and information about the costs and fees associated with adoption. Subsidies, loans, tax credits, employer benefits, and other options are addressed.

Legal Considerations

Legal considerations for those seeking to adopt and those placing a child include locating an adoption attorney, understanding legal definitions, knowing the law governing each type of adoption, and knowing your rights.

Getting Started With Adoption

After learning about adoption, the types, costs, and other considerations, taking the first steps involves assessing your feelings, making a commitment to adopt, finding professionals to guide you through the process, and getting your homestudy performed.

Issues for Adopting Parents

Adopting parents are often faced with negative or uninformed reactions from family and friends, the sadness of an adoption that doesn't go through, fraud, and other issues. Find resources and opinions here.

Waiting for Your Child

The homestudy is completed and the wait begins. Whether you're adopting domestically or internationally, find constructive ways to use this time, and people to support you while you wait. Preparing to welcome your child is an exciting time!

Essential Resources for Adopting Parents

As you begin the adoption process, use these resources to find the experts you need to help along the way, definitions of words and terms, laws pertinent to the type of adoption you have decided to pursue, support groups, and more.

Adoption Information for Canadians

Adoption agencies, facilitators, support and information resources, and waiting children listings for Canadians seeking to adopt.

Adoption Information for Other Countries

Adoption resources and information for nationals, citizens, and residents of countries other than the US and Canada who are seeking to adopt. Agencies, laws, support groups, and policies are listed.

Library of Articles: Adopting

Library of articles and features for those interested in adopting a child.

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Josephine - 3 months ago
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I m a 31 years old single lady and I would love to adopt a 3yrs old boy , and eensure to give him all the love a child need from mom and I don't hav any kids coz my I had 2 miscarrages and 1 ectopic pregnant so its now 5 yrs back so I deeply wish to be a mom and im really good in kids , am working as domestic worker and am a christian #1
Erica - 4 months ago
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I want a baby but I feel like I'm not financial stable I'm renting a house and have a room mate.But in my heart I just want to help a child and give the love and support that I didn't receive. I'm 25 and very responsible. But I keep thinking I shouldn't adopt because of my income is just enough to get by. And I can't have kids so are these signs I shouldn't have a baby? #2
marry jane - 9 months ago
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im 2 monthd pregnant i want to addopt my baby #3
provplace - 1 year ago
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Adoption is a gift of life, love and hope, and ensures a future of love and opportunity for a child whose mother is not able at that point in time, to take on the responsibility of being a parent. #4
ngoll - 2 months ago
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hi marry jane i saw your posting that you are 2 months pregnant, i love to adopt can you contact me xxxxx #5
Jenni brown - 3 days ago
I am 37and I just want a baby in the house.I am very responsible I have 2 children there names are Courtney and emily #6
Kalesia - 2 months ago
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I am a 21 yr old female I am trying to adopt a baby me and my fiance been trying been pregnant twice but had a miscarriage we decided to try and adopt. Please help me. #7
komal - 1 month ago
xxxxx072this no is my I want to adopt a handsome boy I have two beautiful doughterthey want also their brother one 7 year old and second4year old plz help me haryana #8
komal - 1 month ago
Hey I have two daughter by sigeriyin and now doctor give me not suggested next pregnancry i want to adopt a boy plz contect me #9
tammy - 6 months ago
I really want to adopt a down syndrome little girl as I have almost all boys and can't have anymore children where do I start #10
sherry - 5 months ago
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I would love to adopt a baby girl! I have a 4 year old boy and i want to give him a baby sister. I can have babys but why not to give all my love to a baby thats already in this world needing a loving family? I want to adopt! #11
sheianne marsh - 2 years ago
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i am looking four a bundle of joy myself two take in my life #12
kiya - 2 months ago
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I am 24 years old and I am looking for a beutiful young little girl and boy I hope they will play and have fun. some times i feel like i should not have kids but some times its lonly around the house. If i ever do get a baby i will be perpard for enny thing. #13
Courtney - 3 months ago
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Hi I can't have kids and would love to adopt I have two boys but want more but I can't due to medical reason #14
atef - 2 months ago
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So very important issue of the hour #15
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