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.
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.
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.
You can read a review by clicking here.
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.
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— Tim Elder (@tim4adoption) March 16, 2012