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how do i adopt a baby?

i am looking to adopt because i can not have kids but dont know where to start can any one help me with this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:21 PM on Feb. 16, 2009 in Adoption

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  • You can either go through foster care & adopt, it is almost, if not free through foster care. Or, you can contact an agency, which can be pricey. There are also facilitators, they aren't licensed, but they are illegal in some states. My husband and I are in the beginning process of adopting. You also need a home study, either by an agency or foster care will do their own. Good luck!

    Answer by Christian-Mom79 at 6:34 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Contact you local social service agency.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 7:15 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • There are groups here on CafeMom where you will find a ton of information about the process, the options, the issues, etc. The Q&A section just isn't set up as well to cover such a broad question. If you need help finding the adoption-related groups please PM me.

    Answer by PortAngeles1969 at 7:42 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • You have a lot of options and a lot of research needs to be done to find the right one for you. There is international adoptions and from which country, what gender, and ethnicity. There are private domestic adoptions done through an adoption attorney or agency. There is foster/adoption programs through social services. There is doing everything on your own option and is possible but a lot of know how is needed. It depends on your financial situation, what way is right for your family, and what is best for that child who will ultimately be coming home to live with you. Good luck and best wishes. You can always start by interviewing agencies to get a feel for how things are done.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • Your options are: international adoption (with this option you will pay between $18,000-$35,000 depending upon the country, and you will have to meet the sending country's requirements - as well as agency homestudy requirements) to get started you would research your country options and then contact an agency that you feel comfortable with.

    foster-adoption: this option is free. You can be a foster to adopt parent, or just an adoptive parent. You can work with your local county, or contact an adoption facilitator that does contract work through the foster system nationwide. I am currently researching this option for myself.

    domestic infant: This option can get very pricey ($25,000-$50,000). For this option, you would contact a local private agency that you feel comfortable with and proceed with their requirements that would include a homestudy, doing a "dear birthmother" letter in which you present your family

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 AM on Feb. 17, 2009

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    to potential birth moms, and she chooses a family before birth. It is important to remember that after birth she may or may not decide to actually place.

    Hope this helps.

    Touched by Adoption (here on cafemom) is an active group with a bunch of mature and wise ladies that have adopted via various routes, been adopted and placed for adoption.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 AM on Feb. 17, 2009

  • If you are just starting...research. Agencies, cost, domestic or international. In Texas I highly recommend:
    Adoption As An Option
    3350 Highway 6 S # 273
    Houston, TX 77082
    (713) 468-1053

    Have used them and would use them again!! Wonderful agency.


    Answer by heavenschild99 at 2:13 PM on Feb. 17, 2009

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