How to choose an adoption agency

Woman WritingYou must complete several steps for any type of adoption through an agency. In addition to the four basic procedures described below, others may be necessary, depending on your particular needs, and those of the child and the birth parents:

Select an Agency

Complete the Application and Home Study

Be Prepared to Wait

Complete the Legal Procedures

After you review the "official" steps to choosing an agency outlined here by the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, read Managing Editor (and adult adoptee/adoptive mom) Dottie Enrico's "unofficial" advice on what to look for in an adoption agency.

And be sure to check out what iVillage members have to say about selecting an adoption agency.

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