Q&A: Where do you find credibibility on an adoption agency?

Question by Clarissa: Where do you find credibibility on an adoption agency?
My husband and me have decided to adopt our second child and we are fairly knew to adoption. There are agencies in my state that does international and local adoption. But what do we check for to find out if they are a good credible agency?
Credible as in they are not ligitiment and are not scaming people out of their children and money.

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Answer by Just Call Me G
The easiest thing to do is just to call the agency and ask for an information packet about their agency. If they don’t offer one, skip that agency. That’s a good start.

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6 thoughts on “Q&A: Where do you find credibibility on an adoption agency?”

  1. “Credible” how? Like they don’t scam you out of money? Or credible like they ensure that the children are being brought to the agency in an ethical, moral manner?
    I would highly suggest you go through foster care, because they are more credible than the agencies out there.

  2. There should be some non-profit adoption agencies in your state who publicly make their financial statements available.

    Foster adoption might be a good option for you as well, I agree.

    Some will argue that ALL agencies scam people out of their children for money but based on our own personal experience and system in Canada, that is NOT the case always.

    In the US, I can’t promise the same. Just don’t believe everything you read about an agency as they are obviously showing their best face. Ask if they will put an open adoption on paper, photocopy birth certificates for you and the child…etc. ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS THEY USUALLY try to avoid and if they stand up and answer them you are probably with a better agency than most.

    If they try to gloss over any hard questions like that…I would question their “concern” for everyone’s best interest.

    There may also be a national association that rates agencies. I know there are some good sites who call out unethical agencies and that’s definitely a good place to start for avoiding them. If I find some (poundpuppy for some reason stands out in my mind) I will repost them in an ETA.

    Thank you for trying to avoid the “everything is just oh so rosy in adoption” agencies.

  3. We went to an adoption class organized through an infertility organization. They had a list of agencies they recommended and we visited each of those. We asked a lot of questions and felt comfortable deciding on one of these agencies. They turned out to be very reputable and ethical. One thing they made clear from the beginning is that it is the first mother’s decision if she wants to place the child for adoption and this decision can only be made final after the birth. Most agencies have informational meetings where you can visit them in a group setting. Also they’ll have time for you to visit one on one to ask further questions. I would also ask to talk to some first mother’s they have worked with. Our agency had several first mother’s come in as part of the pre-adoption education they required. Also the agency should be willing to share all the information with you – not just give you a rosy picture. Before we were contacted by my daughter’s mom we talked for about a month with another woman considering adoption for her child. Our agency was very upfront with us that she was unsure about what she should do. There are risks of any adoption falling through (the first mom changing her mind) so honesty is very important.

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