Adoption Decisions: Attorney or Agency?
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Other adoptive families choose to work directly with an adoption agency. The agency may charge a fixed fee for their adoption service, which usually includes locating the birth mother. (For overseas adoptions, read Choosing an International Adoption Agency.) This fee may include the birth mother’s medical expenses, if applicable, and may also include reasonable living expenses if required by the birth mother and permitted by law in the state where she resides. The agency may limit the number of applicants and may refuse potential applicants based upon age.
Many times, the agency policy is to limit the expense to an adoptive family and guarantee a placement of a child in their home. This can be more appealing to adoptive parents who have heard discouraging stories of failed adoptions and financial loss to the adoptive families. The agency may place adoptive parents on a “list” and be able to estimate the wait time for a placement based upon the number of potential families waiting, etc. Adoptive parents are not represented by the agency and generally must enlist the service of an attorney to handle the actual finalization of the adoption.
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