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How To Choose An Adoption Agency

Highlights from February 17, 2010 Creating a Family radio show

One of the biggest decisions prospective adoptive parents have to make is choosing an adoption agency. We talked about how to choose an international adoption agency and a domestic adoption agency or adoption attorney. Our guests were Laura Christianson, author of The Adoption Decision among other books; and Elizabeth Falker, author of The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption.

  • What’s the difference between using an adoption agency or an adoption attorney when adopting domestically?
  • What is an adoption facilitator? Do you need to use a local agency or attorney?
  • If adopting domestically out of state, do you need an agency or an attorney in both your state and the state the child was born in?
  • What’s the most important thing to consider when choosing an adoption agency?
  • Is it faster to adopt through an adoption agency or an adoption attorney?
  • Should you pay a large upfront fee to an adoption agency?
  • How do you find an adoption agency that has programs in the country you want to adopt from?
  • Should you use an agency that only works in one country?
  • How do you determine if your adoption agency has a strong program in a country
  • When adopting from foster care, should you work with a private adoption agency that has a placement contract with the state or with the state or county child welfare agency?
  • What is the best way to get references for adoption agencies?
  • How can you determine if your adoption agency is ethical?
  • How can you avoid adoption fraud?

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