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Adoption is a beautiful way to expand your family, and many people choose to adopt a child through an agency. Agency adoptions are a popular choice because they provide a certain level of security and support, but they are also a unique and complex process. At the Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C., we understand the ins and outs of agency adoptions and can help you navigate this journey with ease. Our Folsom agency adoption attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance you need to make the best decisions for your future.

Contact our office online or call (916) 794-4576 today to schedule a consultation with our Folsom agency adoption attorneys. 

What Is an Agency Adoption?

Agency adoption is a type of adoption in which prospective parents work with a licensed adoption agency to adopt a child. The agency will facilitate the adoption and provide support to the prospective parents throughout the process. The agency will also be responsible for finding a child who is available for adoption and ensuring that they are matched with the right family. This type of adoption is the most common in the United States.

How to Choose an Adoption Agency

The first step in the agency adoption process is to choose an adoption agency to work with. This is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. You will be working closely with the agency throughout the entire process, so it is important to find one that you feel comfortable with and that you believe will meet your needs. The agency will be responsible for helping you with the home study, finding a child for you, and facilitating the adoption.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right adoption agency:

  • Research your options: Spend some time researching different agencies in your area. Look at their websites, read reviews, and ask for referrals from friends or family members who have adopted a child. You can also contact the state licensing agency to find out more about the agency’s licensing and reputation.
  • Ask lots of questions: Once you have narrowed down your choices, reach out to the agencies and ask them a few questions. Find out how long they have been in business, how many adoptions they complete each year, the resources they provide to adoptive families, and anything else you want to know. This will help you get a better feel for the agency and whether or not it is a good fit for you.
  • Request an initial consultation: If you feel comfortable with an agency after your initial conversation, schedule a consultation to meet with them in person. This will give you an opportunity to ask additional questions and learn more about the agency’s policies and procedures. You can also get a feel for how responsive they are to your questions and concerns.
  • Consider the agency’s reputation: An adoption agency’s reputation is a good indicator of whether or not they are trustworthy and reliable. Look for an agency that is well-respected in the community and has a good track record of successful adoptions. You can also check to see if the agency is a member of the National Council For Adoption (NCFA). This is a professional association for adoption agencies and professionals and members must adhere to certain standards of ethical practice.

Once you have chosen an adoption agency, you will need to complete an application and submit it to the agency. The agency will then review your application and conduct a home study to determine if you are a good fit for their program. If you are approved to adopt, you will be placed on the agency’s waiting list until a child is available.

What Is a Home Study?

A home study is a process in which a social worker evaluates your home and family to determine if you are eligible to adopt a child. The purpose of a home study is to ensure that prospective adoptive parents are able to provide a safe, stable, and loving environment for a child. The home study is a required part of the adoption process in all 50 states and it must be completed by a licensed social worker or adoption professional.

Here is an overview of what to expect during the home study process:

  • You will be required to complete an application and submit it to the adoption agency along with any required documents. The application will ask for information about your family, your home, your background, and your reasons for wanting to adopt.
  • You will be required to complete a certain number of training hours. The number of hours required will depend on the state you live in and the type of adoption you are pursuing. Training can be completed in-person or online and covers a variety of topics, such as adoption law, attachment and bonding, and parenting adopted children.
  • You will need to provide several documents to the adoption agency, such as your birth certificate, marriage license, proof of employment, and financial statements. You will also need to submit to a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect background check.
  • A social worker will visit your home to conduct an in-person interview and evaluate your living situation. They will look at the overall cleanliness and safety of your home, the space available for a child, and the neighborhood you live in. They will also interview you and your spouse, as well as any other family members who live in your home.
  • After the home visit, the social worker will write a detailed report about your family. The report will include information about your background, your home, your family, your reasons for wanting to adopt, and the results of the home visit. The report will also include the social worker’s recommendation as to whether or not you should be approved to adopt.
  • The report will be submitted to the adoption agency and reviewed by the agency’s adoption committee. The committee will then make a final decision about your eligibility to adopt. If you are approved to adopt, you will be added to the agency’s waiting list until a child is available.

The home study process can take several months to complete, so it is a good idea to get started on it as soon as possible. You will also need to pay a fee to the adoption agency to cover the cost of the home study. The fee can vary depending on the agency, but it typically ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.

How Long Does an Agency Adoption Take?

One of the most common questions that prospective adoptive parents have is how long the agency adoption process will take. It is difficult to give an exact timeline because every adoption is different, but it is safe to say that the process can take several months to several years. The length of the process can depend on a variety of factors, such as the type of child you are hoping to adopt, the availability of children, and the number of families waiting to adopt.

For example, if you are hoping to adopt a healthy newborn, you may have to wait longer than if you are open to adopting an older child or a child with special needs. You may also have to wait longer if you are only open to adopting a child of a certain race or gender. It is important to have realistic expectations about the process and be prepared for the possibility that it may take longer than you had hoped.

What Are the Different Types of Agency Adoptions?

There are several different types of agency adoptions, and the type you choose will depend on your family’s needs and preferences. Some agencies only handle certain types of adoptions, so you may need to choose an agency based on the type of child you are hoping to adopt.

Here are the different types of agency adoptions:

  • Domestic Adoption: Domestic adoption is the most common type of adoption in the United States. It involves adopting a child who was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen. The child’s birth mother will place them for adoption and choose the adoptive family. The child may go to live with the adoptive family at birth or they may be placed in a temporary care situation until the adoption is finalized.
  • International Adoption: International adoption involves adopting a child from another country. The child may be a citizen of the other country or they may be a U.S. citizen. International adoption is a complex process that involves working with an international adoption agency and going through the immigration process to bring the child to the United States.
  • Step-Parent Adoption: Step-parent adoption involves adopting the child of your spouse. This type of adoption is relatively simple because the child’s other parent will usually consent to the adoption. In some cases, you may need to terminate the other parent’s parental rights before you can adopt the child.
  • Relative Adoption: Relative adoption involves adopting a child who is related to you by blood or marriage. This could be a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or a step-child. Relative adoption is a common type of adoption when a child’s parents are unable to care for them due to substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, or death.
  • Adult Adoption: Adult adoption involves adopting a person who is over the age of 18. This type of adoption is often used to formalize a parent-child relationship that already exists, such as a step-parent adopting their adult step-child.
  • Same-Sex Adoption: Same-sex adoption is the adoption of a child by a same-sex couple. Same-sex couples can adopt a child through an agency or through a private adoption. The process for same-sex adoption is the same as for opposite-sex adoption. It is important to note that same-sex couples can adopt a child in all 50 states, but the laws regarding same-sex adoption can vary from state to state.

If you are unsure about the type of adoption that is right for you, it is a good idea to meet with an adoption attorney. They can help you understand the different types of adoptions and the advantages and disadvantages of each. They can also help you evaluate your family’s needs and preferences to determine the best type of adoption for you.

What Are the Legal Requirements for an Agency Adoption?

An agency adoption is a legal process, and there are several legal requirements that must be met before the adoption can be finalized. These requirements can vary from state to state, so it is important to work with an adoption attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state. They can help you understand the legal requirements for an agency adoption and ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is completed correctly.

Here are the legal requirements for an agency adoption in most states:

  • You must be at least 18 years old: You must be at least 18 years old to adopt a child in the United States. There is no maximum age limit for adopting a child, but you must be able to provide the child with a stable and loving home.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident: You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident to adopt a child in the United States. Some states require that you have lived in the state for a certain period of time before you can adopt a child.
  • You must be financially stable: You must be able to provide for the child’s financial needs. This means that you must be employed or have a reliable source of income.
  • You must be physically and mentally healthy: You must be physically and mentally healthy to adopt a child. This means that you must be free from any communicable diseases and you must be able to provide the child with a safe and stable home.
  • You must not have a criminal record: You must be free from any serious criminal convictions to adopt a child. This means that you cannot have been convicted of a crime against a child or a violent crime.
  • You must be willing to complete a home study: You must be willing to complete a home study, which is a process in which a social worker evaluates your home and family to determine if you are eligible to adopt a child.

Once you have been matched with a child, you will need to complete several legal steps to finalize the adoption. The legal steps for an agency adoption can vary depending on the state you live in, but they typically involve filing a petition with the court, attending a hearing, and obtaining a new birth certificate for the child. Your adoption attorney can help you understand the legal process for an agency adoption in your state and ensure that everything is completed correctly.

How Much Does an Agency Adoption Cost?

One of the most common concerns that prospective adoptive parents have is the cost of an agency adoption. The cost of an agency adoption can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the type of child you are hoping to adopt, the state you live in, and the agency you are working with. On average, an agency adoption can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000.

Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with an agency adoption:

  • Application fee: Most agencies require you to pay an application fee when you submit your application. The fee is usually between $100 and $300.
  • Home study fee: You will need to pay a fee to the adoption agency to cover the cost of the home study. The fee can vary depending on the agency, but it typically ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.
  • Adoption fee: You will need to pay an adoption fee to the adoption agency to cover the cost of facilitating the adoption. The fee can vary depending on the agency, but it typically ranges from $10,000 to $30,000.
  • Legal fees: You will need to pay an adoption attorney to help you navigate the legal process and ensure that everything is completed correctly. The legal fees can vary depending on the attorney, but they typically range from $2,500 to $5,000.
  • Post-placement fees: You may need to pay post-placement fees to the adoption agency to cover the cost of post-placement visits. The fees can vary depending on the agency, but they typically range from $500 to $1,000.
  • Medical expenses: You may need to pay for the birth mother’s medical expenses, such as prenatal care and delivery costs. The amount you will need to pay can vary depending on the birth mother’s insurance coverage and the state you live in.
  • Travel expenses: You may need to pay for travel expenses, such as airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals, if you need to travel to another state or country to adopt a child.

It is important to note that there are several financial resources available to help offset the cost of an agency adoption. For example, you may be eligible to receive a federal adoption tax credit, which can help offset the cost of the adoption. You may also be eligible to receive an adoption subsidy, which is a financial subsidy that is provided to families who adopt a child with special needs. Additionally, many employers offer adoption benefits to their employees, such as paid time off and financial assistance. You can also apply for adoption grants and loans, which are financial resources that are specifically designed to help families cover the cost of an adoption.

Contact our office online or call (916) 794-4576 today to schedule a consultation with our Folsom agency adoption attorneys. 

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