You’ve decided to adopt in the U.S., but how do you find your domestic adoption agency or attorney? A lawyer describes the services each tends to offer.
BY JANNA J. ANNEST, J.D.
Adoption is a team sport, regardless of how you choose to adopt. You might already know a particular player you want involved in the process–for example, an agency recommended by a friend, or a lawyer used by a family member–and your desire to work with them may determine your route to adoption. Or you might have decided on private adoption, and need to assemble the necessary players.
Who should be on your roster? When it comes to a domestic adoption, the first fork in the road is deciding on independent vs agency adoption–whether to work on your own or with an organization. (A few states have made the choice for you by outlawing private adoptions.) The type of adoption you pursue, and your own preferences, will determine how you assemble your team…