Domestic adoption agency reviews: 3 agencies with little or no upfront costs

Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by in Adoption Agencies, Archives, Domestic Adoption, Resource Links

One of the biggest decisions when starting the domestic infant adoption process is selecting an adoption professional to help you. There are hundreds to choose from and it can take hours to get the information you need to make a good decision for your family.

Finances are a huge factor when selecting an adoption agency to help you. I have no personal experience with the following three adoption agencies, but I have found that they have little or no upfront fees so I invite you to check them out for yourself. As with any adoption agency, make sure you ask lots of questions and you feel good about working with them.

1. Heart to Heart Adoption

This not-for-profit adoption agency was founded in 1998 and is based in Utah.  They specialize in domestic infant adoption.  Even though they are licensed in Utah, Florida, and New York, they work with families from all over the United States.

There is minimal application fee of $100, they encourage you to work with multiple agencies, and there is no fee until you are matched.  You will be given an itemization of adoption fees before you are presented with a birthmother situation.  

Half of the agency fees are due when a match occurs, then the other half is due upon placement.  Check out their frequently asked questions to find out more.

They accept home studies from other qualified agencies, so you don’t have to get your home study completed through them.  They also have a blog where you can follow them.  You can find a summary of their adoption process here.  Here are some reviews to read about Heart to Heart.  

2. Creating Christian Families and Mother Goose Adoptions

This agency is licensed in Arizona, Florida and Utah. They have a low $100 application fee and no other upfront fees. You pay their agency fee only when you are successfully matched with a birthmother. They offer a Full Service program and a Special Beginnings program.

The Full Service Program runs an extensive national advertising initiative to help identify pregnant women seeking to make an adoption plan for their unborn child. In this program, they assist with the location and coordination of your adoption plan.

The Full Service program fee includes, but is not limited to the following services:

  • Review of home study
  • Counseling (limited), support and education to our families
  • Obtaining and reviewing proof of pregnancy, social/medical background information and medical records
  • Notification to hospital regarding adoption plan and inquiry on hospital policies
  • Identification of an attorney or agency local to birth family for execution of legal documents
  • Coordination of legal plan ( see addendum to schedule of fees for details on these services)

Please note an entire fee package that covers the agency fee, as well as the anticipated legal and other cost, will be presented at time of match.

The Special Beginnings program is designed to help obtain families for harder to place children. This program gives you all the services from the Full Service program but families are granted 50% off the agency fee to offset cost

As of this writing, their full service program is $23,000. You can review their adoption process, read FAQs and their About Us page on their site.  

You can read a review by clicking here.  

3. Little Bit Of Heaven Adoptions

This is a licensed referral adoption agency based out of Ohio, which means they generally refer you to other agencies and adoption attorneys across the United States.  This can help you find a match with a birthmother faster.

Betty Smith is the founder and an adoptive mom.  Little Bit Of Heaven has received many positive reviews from adoptive couples that have worked with her.

The application fee is $100.  As stated on their FAQ page, the costs can vary widely.  For their normal referral program, their fee is $800 – which is due at the time of a match with a birthmother.

If they work directly with a birthmother, the fee due at match is $1,000 and then $4,000 due at the time of placement.   

As with any agency you may potentially work with, please carefully review their contract to understand how they work before you sign on with them.  You should also look them up on the Better Business Bureau, or adoptionagencyreviews.com or adoptionagencyratings.com as well as checking their state licensing since every state’s adoption laws are different.

What do you think?  Are low or no upfront agency fees important to you?  Have you found other agencies that have little or no upfront costs?  Email me or leave a comment below by clicking here.

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3 Responses to “Domestic adoption agency reviews: 3 agencies with little or no upfront costs”

  1. Karen Gutierrez

    08. Mar, 2013

    Yes, agencies with low or no upfront fees are important to me.

    I live in Iowa-does this automatically rule out Abbey’s One True Gift, Inc.? This question may sound obvious …

    Would Abbey’s then be too difficult to work with? Would you still recommend Abbey’s for someone who lives in Iowa? Did Iowa succeed in revoking their license? Would the risk be worth it?

    Sounds like I should steer clear of this agency.

  2. Tim

    08. Mar, 2013

    Karen-
    While I am not sure if Iowa succeeded in revoking Abbey’s adoption license, it may be too risky to work with them as there are so many other good agencies to work with that have low upfront fees or have sliding scale fees based on your income. I wrote a post about agencies with sliding scale fees: http://www.infantadoptionguide.com/4-domestic-adoption-agencies-with-sliding-scale-fees
    Thank you for your questions – I hope this info helps you.
    Tim

  3. LIzz

    06. Aug, 2013

    I would definitely avoid lds family services ( aka It;s about love.)
    My daughter was in a stressful place, under much duress and called this agency to adopt out her son.She had gone to visit her fiance’s family in Oklahoma and they were not whom she thought they were and it cause her much much stress. She was given no counseling by lds family services and they were even told that their baby is Native American. She contacted them less than 2 weeks before her baby was due. The couple that adopted him were already adopting another child three weeks later. This seems a little baby hungry to me. She kept both babies. My daughter was given no counseling. What makes it even worse is that she already had a son with her fiance and they were actually married a few weeks after the baby was born. She has been living with the guilt for 5 years now. This young man will someday ask why did you give me way and keep my brother and sister. She had just turned 18 when this happened. The LDS church’s own philosophy is that adopting out a baby is after there is no chance the couple will be married. They already knew they were going to get married. They were struggling with basic needs and his family took all his money for their needs leaving my daughter and her family in need. What should have been done was to help this young family instead of stealing their baby.

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