Locating a Child

Adoption Agency: Adoption agencies often match birth parents with couples looking to adopt. Other times, prospective adoptive parents put their family information into a book that is reviewed by birth parents, who then select the family in which they wish their child placed. Some adoption agencies even assist in international adoptions.

Doctors: Your doctor is a great source for adoptiopn referrals. Obstetricians and family practitioners have a lot of contact with unwed mothers, and they may know one that has decided to place her child for adoption.

County or Government Organizations: Local government units are often responsible for helping with adoptions within their geographic areas. These organizations often work with foster homes.

Foster Parenting: Being a foster parent can lead to a successful adoption, although you might not be adopting the child that you are a foster parent to.

Surrogacy: Another option for locating a child to adopt is through a surrogacy arrangement. In some cases the surrogate carries a child that was conceived with sperm from the prospective father, in which case he is the legal father and only the prospective mother must adopt the child after it is born. In other instances, the child carried and delivered by the surrogate is biologically related to neither the prospective father nor mother, in which case both parents need to adopt the child in order for their relationships to be legally recognized.

Attorneys: Adoption attorneys are a great resource when looking to adopt a child. Not only do they have connections that will help you locate a child, they can also assist you with the paperwork, file all necessary documents with the court, represent you in court, and do all in his or her power to ensure that your adoption is successful.

Internet: The internet is a great starting point to learn about adoption and adoption resources, and it can also be used as a way to connect birth parents and prospective adoptive parents. You must be careful, however, in determining how reliable the information you are receiving is.

Advertisements: Some prospective adoptive parents have taken out advertisements in newspapers, magazines, and on billboards.

Churches and Other Places of Worship: Religious organizations often have ties to other organizations, both domestic and foreign, that seek adoptive families for children in need.

Friends, Relatives, and Co-Workers: Many adoption connections have been made through talking to friendsm family members, and relatives.