Domestic adoption is also another wonderful option for adopting a child. Recently more adoptions are open or there are varying levels of openness, which means you may have varying levels of contact with the birth parents. This can be considered a wonderful new development for some adoptive parents but if you prefer, there is also the option of a closed adoption with no future contact with the birth parents.
If you decide to adopt outside of your ethnicity, adoption can be a chance to learn about other cultural groups. As with international adoption, this could lead to cultural issues to work through. Domestic adoption can also be costly and time consuming.
After you determine the type of adoption you want, you need to decide if you are going to use an adoption facilitator or adoption agency. If you decide to use an agency it is important to attend an orientation session for several agencies to evaluate which agency will be the best fit for your family. The orientation session will outline the steps to take to complete the adoption process. This will include information about the fees, the home study and the adoption process.
The agency you choose will provide an application for you to complete and return. The cost for using an agency can range from $15,000-$25,000. The fees are generally standard and the agency can be a great resource to guide you through the adoption process.
A domestic adoption using an agency can take a significant amount of time, especially if you have very specific age and race restrictions. In addition, birth parents may change their minds.
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