Family Formation Blog

Creating a Compelling Adoption Profile

When you wish to adopt a child, you’ll need to complete an adoption profile either to search privately (independent adoption) or through an agency. Many prospective adoptive parents don’t find out about the profile until well into the process, but you can begin working on it at...

What are the Factors that Impact the Length of Time it takes to Adopt?

No two adoption journeys are exactly the same, just like no two children are exactly the same. The length of time it will take to adopt your child varies due to a number of different factors. Individual situations and preferences on your part and on the part of the expectant ...

Public Agency Adoption: Mediation Dos and Don’ts

During the public agency adoption process, mediation may be held between an adoptive family and the child’s family of birth. Mediation helps resolve potential conflicts in open adoptions, where the families are aware of one another’s identities.

Mediation is a collaboration that...

What Is the Difference Between Private Adoption and Agency Adoption?

Whether you’re only just beginning to consider adopting, or you’ve already decided it’s the route you want to take to grow your family, you probably have questions about different types of adoptions. One of these likely concerns the differences between private adoptions and...

How Much Does an Adoption Cost?

Costs for adoption can vary depending on several factors. International adoptions can be more (or less) expensive than domestic adoptions. Adopting a special needs child, an infant, or a sibling group, for instance, may all carry different costs. Most of these are wholly...

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