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“What does adoption
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American Adoptions of Florida: Your Local Agency with National Services

American Adoptions of Florida is your local affiliate of American Adoptions, a national adoption agency providing unparalleled service. Look no further for an agency that will help you reach your Florida adoption goals safely, legally and ethically.

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We're Always Available

Adoption specialists are available 24 hours a day to offer free counseling and support to pregnant women considering adoption.

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5,000+ Families Created

To date, we've helped build more than 5,000 families - and we continue to be involved in an average of 300 adoptions every year.

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278 Scholarships Awarded

We are proud to offer scholarships to the birth parents who place with our agency so they can reach their educational goals.

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Over 25 Years of Service

For more than two decades, we have provided the support and services birth and adoptive families need for a successful adoption.

About Us: American Adoptions of Florida

American Adoptions of Florida is a local affiliate of national agency American Adoptions. We provide local and national services to prospective birth and adoptive parents in the Sunshine State. Contact us anytime to learn more.

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What's New at American Adoptions?

October 15, 2021

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month [You are not Alone] 

Experiencing the loss of a pregnancy or infant is an unfortunate reality for many families. You never have to bear this pain alone. That’s why October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. During this time, we remember those who we’ve lost and connect with others during this difficult time.

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October 8, 2021

How to Enter Our Halloween Photo Contest 2021

Calling all witches, goblins and ghouls! Find out how to enter American Adoptions’ annual Halloween photo contest here.

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October 1, 2021

5 Questions to Ask if You’re Considering Transracial Adoption

Making the decision to adopt transracially is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time for reflection. While any adoption is a big decision to make, transracial adoption has additional nuances that you will need to consider before you fully commit to the process. …

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“What does adoption
mean to a child?”

How Adoptions Work Today

If you are new to adoption, you are likely wondering exactly what adoption is, what it means for both adoptive families and birth parents, and exactly how an adoption is completed. The following is a breakdown of how adoption works today.

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We're Always Available

Adoption specialists are available 24 hours a day to offer free counseling and support to pregnant women considering adoption.

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5,000+ Families Created

To date, we've helped build more than 5,000 families - and we continue to be involved in an average of 300 adoptions every year.

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278 Scholarships Awarded

We are proud to offer scholarships to the birth parents who place with our agency so they can reach their educational goals.

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Over 25 Years of Service

For more than two decades, we have provided the support and services birth and adoptive families need for a successful adoption.

About Us: American Adoptions

With involvement in more than 300 domestic adoptions each year, American Adoptions is currently one of the largest domestic adoption agencies of its kind in the United States.

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The Best for Her Babies - Why One Birth Mother Doesn't Regret Her Decision

Lindsey was already the mother to one baby with special needs when she found herself pregnant again. A single mom in the midst of a divorce, she knew adoption was the way to give both her daughters what they deserved.

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Ted Mars' Adoption Story

Ted Mars, father of American Adoptions' founder Scott Mars, shares how adoption changed his world in ways he could have never imagined.

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A Life of Love and Opportunity

When Scott Mars, the cofounder of American Adoptions, was adopted by his parents, it sparked a lifelong mission to bring other families together through adoption. “Because of adoption, my life was filled with love and opportunity," he says.

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What's New at American Adoptions?

October 15, 2021

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month [You are not Alone] 

Experiencing the loss of a pregnancy or infant is an unfortunate reality for many families. You never have to bear this pain alone. That’s why October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. During this time, we remember those who we’ve lost and connect with others during this difficult time.

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October 8, 2021

How to Enter Our Halloween Photo Contest 2021

Calling all witches, goblins and ghouls! Find out how to enter American Adoptions’ annual Halloween photo contest here.

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October 1, 2021

5 Questions to Ask if You’re Considering Transracial Adoption

Making the decision to adopt transracially is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time for reflection. While any adoption is a big decision to make, transracial adoption has additional nuances that you will need to consider before you fully commit to the process. …

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Best Adoption Agencies

FAQs

What Is an Adoption Agency?

An adoption agency is a for-profit or not-for-profit business that assists families with all things related to adoption. Some deal with only domestic adoptions, while others offer both domestic and international adoptions. A reputable, licensed adoption agency understands the adoption process and laws. Since you can complete all of the requirements such as a screening, paperwork, a home study, negotiating the terms of the adoption, and post-placement process, agencies can guide you from start to finish.

“An adoption agency is not only defined by the completion of a successful adoption but also timing, cost, pre-and post-adoption services offered, and your ability to connect personally with the agency and its staff in a way that helps you accomplish your goal of adopting but also meets your other needs and expectations along the way to becoming a parent and after you adopt a child,” says Chuck Johnson, president and CEO of the National Council for Adoption.

How Do I Know If I Should Be Working With Adoption Agencies?

When it comes to adoption, you basically have two choices: Work with an adoption agency, or work with an adoption attorney to do an independent or private adoption. Going the independent route requires you to manage and complete all of the steps in the process, including hiring a state-licensed social worker to conduct a home study and an adoption attorney to facilitate the legal aspect of the process.

If you’re considering an international adoption from a country that is part of the Hague Convention, then you are required to work with an accredited adoption agency. With that in mind, if you’re more comfortable working with one entity (adoption agency) and prefer more guidance, then an adoption agency might be the best choice.

What Requirements Do I Need To Work With Adoption Agencies?

While the requirements in each agency and state vary, in general, for domestic and international adoptions, you must be 21 years or older. “Some requirements are determined by each state in which the family is adopting as part of every state’s adoption code,” says Johnson.

Additional qualifications or restrictions, he says, may be set by the agency, the birth families in domestic adoption, or the country of origin in international adoptions. For example, some agencies require you to be married for at least two years.

What Do Adoption Agencies Look for in Candidates?

“Adoption agencies are not looking for ‘perfect’ people, they are looking for normal people who desire to provide a loving, stable home for a child who is in need of a family,” says Johnson. They’re also looking for observable ways that a family can demonstrate they are a good fit for a particular child.

That said, some do have a Christian focus and strongly recommend that the adopting parents are Christians, while others have strict marriage and age requirements.

How Much Does It Cost to Work With Adoption Agencies?

In general, the cost of international adoptions depends on the country and the agency. For example, Holt International says the estimated total for an adoption from China will cost between roughly $33,000 and $40,000. This includes Holt fees (about $23,000 to $25,000), which make up the majority of the payment, third-party costs, and travel costs. For domestic adoptions, you can expect the fees to average $43,000, with American Adoptions ranging from $40,000 to $50,000.

How We Chose the Best Adoption Agencies

With hundreds of adoption agencies around the country, narrowing them down was not an easy task. The agencies we selected came from expert recommendations such as CHLSS, online reviews, and parent testimonies. All of the domestic agencies we listed are reputable and licensed. Additionally, services like Holt International and Alliance for Children, which provide international adoptions, are all part of the Hague Convention.

Finally, we consulted the National Council For Adoption (NCFA). Adoption agencies that are part of the NCFA Member Agency are credible, reliable, and operate in an ethical, transparent manner. Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Services (CHLSS), Holt International, Alliance for Children, Gladney Center for Adoption, and Spence-Chapin are all members of the NCFA.

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