How Do I Place My Child for Adoption?

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Your first step in placing your child for adoption is finding a reputable adoption coordinator you can trust. There are different types of adoptions depending on your situation.

If you are an expectant woman or have recently given birth, make sure you receive the adoption services that put your needs and wants first.

Choose a knowledgeable coordinator who knows your state’s adoption laws. Here is more information to help you decide what type of adoption is best for you.

Independent Adoptions

An independent adoption is also known as a direct placement adoption. This type of adoption can involve a middle person, such as a doctor, attorney, or clergyperson. Or, the potential adoptive parents and the expectant mother make contact through a friend, relative, or advertisement.

Some states do not allow independent adoption or adoption advertising. To avoid deception, working with a licensed adoption provider is essential.

You still need to find an adoption attorney to handle the legalities. The potential adoptive couple must locate a home study provider and an adoption attorney to file the correct paperwork.

Identified Adoption

Sometimes, when the expectant woman and the potential adoptive parents find each other on their own, they hire an adoption agency to complete the adoption process. This type of adoption is considered an identified adoption.

Once again, knowing your state’s laws is essential. Some states allow identified adoptions even though they ban independent adoptions because the two parties agree to work through a licensed agency.

Agency Adoption

You can work with a private, fully licensed adoption agency. A private agency provides all the services both a birth mother and the adoptive parents need in one location. Look for an agency that offers thorough adoption counseling and explains the adoption process in detail.

When couples approach an agency to apply for adoption, the agency reviews their qualifications and conducts a home study. They help the couple assemble a bio that gives you information about their lives, home, and future plans.

Then, the agency presents potential, qualified adoptive parents to you, eliminating the need to locate them independently. A private agency also handles the payment of all your medical and legal bills.

The Benefits of Working with A Gift of Hope Adoptions

A Gift of Hope Adoptions is a private full-service adoption agency licensed in Missouri specializing in domestic infant adoptions, including minority and special needs adoptions.

For an expectant woman or woman who has already given birth,  A Gift of Hope Adoptions provides thorough adoption counseling, complete matching services with the perfect adoptive couple, and post-placement assistance.

There is a lot to know when placing your child for adoption, and we are happy to answer your questions. Contact us by filling out our online form. 

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