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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provplace - 11 months 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. #1
marry jane - 2 months ago
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im 2 monthd pregnant i want to addopt my baby #2
sheianne marsh - 1 year ago
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i am looking four a bundle of joy myself two take in my life #3
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