Domestic adoption agency reviews: 4 agencies that work with families from anywhere in the U.S.

Posted on 28. Jul, 2012 by in Adoption Agencies, Archives, Domestic Adoption

When looking for an adoption agency to work with, it is likely that you put in a lot of effort to research them.  You want to know where they are located (are there any agencies close to where you live?), what kind of support the provide for you and for birthmothers, and how they can help you adopt the fastest.  

National adoption agencies provide services for birth parents and adoptive families throughout the U.S.  They can help you adopt faster since they work with so many more expectant mothers.  National agencies offer a wide variety of perspective adoptive families to potential birthmothers – giving them more choices in selecting a family that is right for her and her baby. 

For example, if a birthmother wants her child to grow up in a small town or in a large city, wants them to have pets, or wants them to have brothers and sisters – by working with families from across the country, it is very likely one is available that matches her adoption plans. 

Here are four national adoption agencies:

1. American Adoptions 

By completing more than 300 domestic adoptions each year, American Adoptions is currently one of the largest domestic adoption agencies in the United States. They have offices in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. 

American adoptions has a birthmother scholarship program that helps pay for college or other school tuition and books.  

They also assign each expectant mother her own Birth Parent Specialist, which guides her throughout each step of the adoption journey – from the beginning stage of deciding whether or not adoption is the right choice for her, to forming an adoption plan she can feel good about, to preparing for the hospital and beyond.

Click here to read about the advantages of working with American Adoptions. 

Click here for the “Top Ten” reasons why families choose to work with American Adoptions.

For information regarding services or to request an adoption information kit you can contact them at 1-800-ADOPTION or email [email protected].

 

2. A Act of Love 

A Act of Love is a non-profit 501(c)(3) adoption agency, founded by Kathy and Dieter Kunkel who have adopted 8 of their 10 children. This agency specializes in newborn infant adoptions, they are licensed by the state of Utah and work with families nationwide.

They provide home study services for residents of Utah – and will help connect you with a local agency to get a home study completed if you live another state. They provide free counseling and support to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They have been providing adoption and counseling services since 1993.

Click here to see some advantages when working with A Act of Love adoption agency.

During the last two years, their base fees have averaged between $18,300 and $20,300 for standard (non-special needs) infant placements. They advertise to birthmothers nationwide and they provide a hotline phone number for birthmothers 24 hours a day.

Click here to contact them to receive a free information packet that will be sent via email.  The packet shows their entire process, an explanation of their fees, their contract, the requirements for prospective adoptive applicants and more.

Click here to read online reviews about A Act of Love.

For information regarding services or to request an adoption information kit you can call them at 1-888-767-7740 or email at [email protected].

 

3. Gladney Adoption

Gladney’s domestic adoption programs are committed to providing permanent and loving families for children born in the United States. Not many agencies can claim close to 30,000 success stories over 125 years of service. On average, they place 350 children annually.

They offer two domestic infant adoption programs:

  • The Agency Directed Program places Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian and Native American infants and toddlers with loving adoptive families.
  • The ABC Program places African-American and Bi-racial infants and toddlers with forever families.

Gladney has a sliding scale fee structure that is based on the prospective adoptive family’s income level. They have a full staff of professional case workers and counselors for birthmothers and adoptive families while also offering peer support groups.

They have a special website www.gladneycommunity.com that is dedicated to connecting families who share the bond of adoption.

Click here to access their information guide.  For more about their domestic infant adoption programs, call 1-800-687-3097.

 

4. Beacon House Adoption Services

Beacon House is a non-profit 501(c)(3) licensed adoption agency providing services nationwide with the exception of New York state.  They have offices in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Beacon House has served families since 1989. 

The typical match time in the domestic infant adoption program is anywhere from 3 to 18 months. 

Click here to view their domestic infant adoption program details.   

Birth mothers are provided with extensive in-house counseling as well as independent counseling with licensed social workers. Beacon House aggressively markets their services to birthmothers nationwide. 

Here’s what they say about their services:  

Beacon House Adoption Services, Inc. is committed to providing the highest quality professional adoption services to our clients.  We respect the rights of all parties to the adoption process and attempt to provide an adoption experience that will leave all parties satisfied and with a positive view of adoption.  Adoption is more that just taking on a child.  It is taking on a series of issues that involve other people and their feelings and this agency is well aware of the emotional environment of adoption.  We believe our agency provides compassionate, straightforward service to all members of the adoption process.

Click here to find out how to get their free adoption information packet.  For more information, contact Beacon House Adoption by calling 1-888-987-6300 or email them at [email protected].

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Whether or not you choose to use one of these agencies, I encourage you to research them to see if they are the right fit for your family and your adoption preferences.  For more agency research help, here are some adoption agency review/ratings websites:  

 

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9 Responses to “Domestic adoption agency reviews: 4 agencies that work with families from anywhere in the U.S.”

  1. Robyn C.

    29. Jul, 2012

    At least three of these agencies (American Adoptions, Gladney, and Beacon House) charge fees based on the race of the child – a blatantly racist practice.

    A Act of Love is involved in the court case of John Wyatt, who has been trying since 2009 to get his daughter back, as she was placed without his knowledge or consent. Utah has a dismal track record when it comes to birth father rights.

    A Act of Love, American Adoptions, and Gladney discriminate against gay couples. American Adoptions and Gladney do not accept single parents.

  2. Tim

    31. Jul, 2012

    Robyn – thank you for your comment and opinion. While I respectfully disagree with you, my goal for this blog post (and the website) is to provide information and resources along with my story/experiences to help families along their adoption journey. Everyone is free to choose which adoption agency you want to work with – and we all should research them thoroughly before deciding on them.

  3. Ryan Schwab

    02. Aug, 2012

    I agree with Robyn, the practice of charging less for non-caucasian babies is clearly racist. I’m glad you brought that up, Robyn.

    The fact that these agencies discriminate against perfectly suitable LGBT and single parents is also a big red flag in my eyes.

    Tim, what criteria did you use to select these agencies for your review?

  4. Tim

    02. Aug, 2012

    Ryan- thank you for the comments. Here are my thoughts:
    1. The fact that some agencies charge different for certain races could be a very racist act. However, have you considered that some agencies maybe just cannot get enough adoptive families to consider other races? While I cannot defend each agency, I think there are situations where it is not their intent to be racist, but to simply find loving homes for these children.
    2. Every agency can choose whomever they want to work with. You may not agree, but all prospective adoptive families have the ability to choose adoption agencies that best fit their preferences.
    3. I chose to review agencies that conformed to my beliefs. They are some of the larger, more well known agencies that work with people nationwide.

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