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What are the adoption method options?

Getting Started with Adoption


Basically -- it seems like there are two primary routes to adopt:

Option 1. ADOPTION AGENCY This seems like the path most people know about take. You hire an agency, and they pretty much take care of everything for you: home study, match you with an expectant mom, take care of the legal work.

  • Some families choose to also hire an adoption consultant: an individual who helps would-be adoptive parents decide on an adoption path, and assists in choosing an appropriate agency or adoption attorney.
  • Some families choose to also join a self-matching platform like PairTree (if there agency isn't already a member) to boost their exposure.

Fees: Typically in the $30K - $60K range Timing: Typically 12-18 months

Option 2: DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) i. You hire a social worker to conduct a home study. ii. You hire an adoption attorney to take care of finalizing adoptions in court. (In some states, attorneys may also help arrange adoptive placements.) iii. You find an Expectant Mom by "putting the word out" -- telling your friends and family, and engaging with free/paid self-matching platforms like Facebook, Instagram, PairTree, etc. iiii. Some families choose to also hire an adoption consultant to help guide the DIY journey....

Fees: Typically in the $15K range Timing: Typically ~6 months

What did I miss? Other methods? Feedback on either method?

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