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The adoption process is extremely varied, depending on the circumstances, the geography, and many other factors. People interested in adopting a child will need help navigating through the maze of questions, requirements, processes and possibilities. These informational articles are a resource that can help answer your questions about many aspects of adoption.

There are so many variables involved in adopting a child that it is virtually impossible to determine, in advance, a precise amount to budget for an adoption. Of course, the type of adoption plays a significant role, but there are few “givens” when it comes to adoption. Perhaps the only assumption that is safe to...

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There are approximately 1.5 million people in the United States who were adopted, representing about 2 percent of the total population. However, surveys show that about 6 out of 10 Americans are impacted by adoption – whether they were adopted, adopted a child of their own or have a family member who was adopted. If...

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There are many myths associated with adoption, and it’s important for birth parents to separate the facts from the fiction in order to make the best decision for their individual situation. Birth parents should also understand the process and their rights, as well as the rights of the adoptive parents. What follows is information that...

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Foster adoption is regulated by states, with departments that have different names in states throughout the country, perhaps most commonly known as protective services. When children are neglected or abused in any way they are removed from their homes and placed in a foster home that is certified and licensed by state officials. The goal of...

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Now that you’ve decided to adopt a child, you may be considering the merits of independent adoption. Also known as private adoption, the biggest difference from an agency adoption is that you will deal with a lawyer or other intermediary instead of a social worker or counselor for the child services agency in your state,...

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If you are considering an international adoption, you are likely to hear quite a bit about the Hague Convention, a treaty that governs international adoptions between citizens of the United States and 89 foreign countries. The Hague treaty, formerly known as the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption,...

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One constant of the adoption process, whether it is a domestic or international adoption, an adoption handled by a public or private domestic agency or an adoption attorney, is the home study. The home study can generate considerable concern from prospective adoptive parents who may worry that a dirty house, or one not impressive enough,...

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If you are considering a domestic adoption in the United States, the most common choices are agency and independent, or private, adoptions. Agency adoptions involved certified, licensed businesses that are regulated by the state and usually have an adoption counselor that works with the adoptive family. With an independent adoption, the adoptive family usually works...

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Closed or open adoptions refer to the amount of interaction between the birth parents and the prospective adoptive parents. In an open adoption, the birth parents get to know the adoptive parents. Beyond that, the adoptive parents can agree to continue a lifelong relationship with the birth parents. In a closed adoption, there is very...

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Independent, or private adoption, usually involves an attorney who works with prospective adoptive parents as opposed to a state agency in which a counselor is involved. Many birth mothers prefer private adoptions because they feel they have greater control over the process. Also, the laws governing private adoptions are generally less restrictive since an agency...

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