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What is Domestic Adoption?

Making the Best Decision for Your Family

Beginning the domestic adoption process in California — and anywhere else in the United States — can quickly become overwhelming for hopeful adoptive families, as there is a lot of information, questions and decisions.

But, working with the right adoption professional, like American Adoptions of California, will help ease any stress because we offer helpful resources and supportive guidance with our services.

We are a local affiliate of a private national adoption agency that has provided service for prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents for more than 30 years. In that time, we have continued to refine our domestic adoption programs, creating a system that gives everyone involved the best experience possible.

A complete guide to the adoption process for prospective birth mothers is available here. You can also complete our free online form to connect with a professional today for more information on starting your adoption journey.

And below, we’ll explore what makes American Adoptions of California the best domestic adoption professional for hopeful adoptive families and why our services stand out from other professionals. Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION if you have any further questions.

The Domestic Adoption Process in California for Hopeful Parents

Domestic infant adoption involves a prospective birth mother from the U.S. who chooses to create an adoption plan for her child. The birth mother will choose a hopeful adoptive family — who also resides in the U.S. — and the newborn will (typically) be placed with the family at the hospital.

You can learn more about what the adoption process is like from our in-depth guide on the subject.

However, adoption laws vary from state to state. In California, there are a few required tasks you must complete before you can consider being adoptive parents:

The APQ is your roadmap to adoption as hopeful parents. Here, you will work with an adoption specialist to lay out what you are looking for in your adoption. You will answer questions that will help determine: 

With these guidelines, your adoption specialist can seek out prospective birth mothers who may want you to adopt their baby.

To complete your home study, American Adoptions is a licensed home study provider in the state of California. We have streamlined the process to save you time and money – allowing you to focus on the next step of your adoption process. Follow this link to begin your home study and to learn more about the services we offer.

We have also partnered with Family Connections Christian Adoptions, which will help walk you through the three stages:

  • A home inspection

  • Family member interviews

  • Documentation

Lastly, the family profile. This gives you a platform to tell your story to birth mothers considering adoption. With American Adoptions of California, you will also create an adoption video profile, which will tell your story in a whole new form.

Additionally, when it comes to domestic adoption in California, we can make the journey for adoptive couples as safe, easy, and enjoyable as the other adoption professionals. With our domestic adoption program, we provide several services and resources to help you begin or grow your family.

Unique Benefits of Our Domestic Adoption Program

There are many things a professional can do to create an adoption program that benefits adoptive parents and prospective birth mothers. These are several facets of our domestic infant adoption program that create peace of mind and confidence for you:

Better Adoption Opportunities

It’s one of the most common questions we hear from families who are preparing to adopt.

How long am I going to wait?

Though every adoption is different, families can expect to wait, on average, 1-24 months to adopt after joining American Adoptions of California. This is because of our experience, practices and national scope.

But, there are also outliers in the waiting period.

Laura and Steven were only active with American Adoptions for 14 days when they got the call that they had a baby girl on the way.

“Are you OK? Do you need a minute?” the social worker asked.

“No, I’m great! Just keep talking!” Laura responded.

Just over a month later, the couple arrived at the Georgia hospital to meet their new daughter.

“Because we had to work so hard for her, it definitely made us realize how much we were willing to do and give up to become parents,” Laura said. “We both feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing that we finally have a family to call our own.”

You can read Laura and Steven’s full adoption story here.

Risk-Sharing Program

Adoption requires a serious financial commitment from hopeful parents. Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars, and with some adoption programs, an adoption disruption could result in emotional and financial loss.

But, not with American Adoptions of California. We protect families through our risk-sharing program, giving you financial peace and preparing you to get back on your feet if a disruption does occur.

With all of the distinctive services we offer, we will make sure your adoption is worth every last dollar.

Openness in Adoption

Communication between the birth parents and adoptive families is a vital piece of the domestic adoption process in California.

Not only do we want you to consider openness, we specifically equip prospective birth parents and adoptive families to have successful communication before and after the adoption journey. We provide support and educational materials that can aid you in your relationship as you develop direct communication.

More than 90% of domestic adoptions are at least semi-open, and research has shown that open adoption is beneficial to everyone involved.

Learn More about American Adoptions’ Domestic Adoption Program

For more information about our domestic adoption programs and services, get free information here or call us at 1-800-ADOPTION. Prospective birth moms, remember to fill out this form to connect with one of our experienced professionals today.

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