When locating an agency to assist you in building your family through adoption, you should consider your family's personal preferences regarding the adoption services provided by that agency. While there are overarching characteristics that should be true of any agency, there are different qualities that families might find important. Find information in this section on identifying an adoption agency for domestic or intercountry adoption.
Adoption Service Provider Search
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Allows for a search of adoption service providers that provide adoption services in connection with Hague intercountry adoption cases.
Choosing an Adoption Agency
Creating a Family
Presents a three-step process to help parents choose an adoption agency that fits their personality and their adoption desires. The three steps are the first cut, the interview, and the final cut. The website also offers additional resources on choosing a reputable adoption agency.
Choosing an Adoption Professional
Hanlon & Hamilton (2020)
Adoption Advocate, 140
Provides guidance for prospective adoptive parents on selecting adoption service providers to work with. Depending on the type of adoption there are many considerations when selecting a professional, and the article reviews several.
Finding an Agency or Attorney
National Council for Adoption
Offers a directory search to find adoption professionals to assist with services including home studies, placement, counseling, birth parent support, legal services, postadoption support, and more.
How to Assess the Reputation of Licensed, Private Adoption Agencies
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2021)
Provides steps that will help prospective adoptive parents assess the reputation of licensed, private adoption agencies.
State Adoption and Foster Care Information
Provides adoption agency contacts and other information by State.