When making an important decision or purchase most people do a lot of research. For example, if you’re buying a car it’s important to consider what features are most important to you and then educate yourself on what make and model fit your exact needs. The same decision-making process can be applied to selecting the right adoption agency. Find the agency that fits your identity, whether that’s a faith-based agency, non-profit, for-profit, or law affirm, and then assess their capability in being able to help you.
We work with a variety of agencies, and no two are the same, but we thought we would like to provide you with some basic information to consider before picking an agency to try and help align your priorities.
A lot of agencies we work with are founded on religious beliefs and principles. Faith-based agencies tend to be non-profit but carry a more stringent set of qualifications when it comes to selecting the parents they work with. For example, in order to work with one of our agencies parents must have been married for at least two years, be active Christians, have a history of infertility, be between 21 and 40 years of age, have health insurance and adequate income to support a child, and pass medical and criminal background checks. Various faith-based agencies could have similar requirements or be much more relaxed it simply depends on the agency, nevertheless parents should be cognizant of this and find the appropriate agency for them.
Non-profits vs. For-profits
There may not be many differences in the operations of a non-profit vs. a for-profit agency with the exception of price. The average cost of a private adoption hovers around $35K, but agencies may use that money in different ways. It is crucial to measure each agency by its individual merits, in our experience, the best agencies are ones that emphasize birthmother marketing.
Agencies and law firms that are technologically apt and embrace advanced marketing techniques have your best interests in mind. They understand the importance of using effective marketing strategies that are proven to shorten the waiting times. When talking to an agency or law firm always find out if they are explicitly marketing to birthmothers to find a match that is right for you. The adoption process can be long and arduous if you do not have an agency that is constantly marketing your parent profile.
Other Factors to Consider
Always check your state’s adoption laws. Each state differs when it comes to agencies and who can let you adopt. It’s very possible that you have to use an adoption agency instead of an attorney. However, even if this is the case, it shouldn’t stop you from assessing their birth mother marketing tools. A good indicator of how birthmother centric an agency is if they provide overt outreach to birthmothers on their website.
Shortening the wait time and creating forever families is crucial, you deserve the best when it comes to family marketing. We wish you all the best in your search for a reputable agency. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact with a member of our staff.