American Adoptions, based in Overland Park, Kansas, facilitates about 300 domestic adoptions each year throughout the United States. They are a fully licensed, not-for-profit agency that works across the nation. The agency has three different placement programs: traditional, agency-assisted, and identified adoption. All programs include adoption education, birth parent support and counseling, and documenting finalization.
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- Family Profile
- Adoption Disruption Insurance
- Agency-Assisted Program
American Adoptions Clients are given a Show Pro Media video kit to film footage for a video profile to showcase to birthparents in addition to still photos. They have 15 days to film necessary footage, which can include neighborhood, pets, home, family members' personalities, talents, and anything else that prospective parents want birth parents to see. Video specialists are available to help with this process and turn it into a cohesive video for birth parents to view online and watch repeatedly throughout the adoption process and beyond.
Adoption Disruption Insurance
In the event of most adoption disruptions – such as if the matched birth mother decides to parent after all – American Adoptions will refund any lost fees to clients, including living and medical expenses on behalf of the birth mother, legal expenses, and fixed agencies. The agency makes it clear that this is a direct refund back to the client rather than a policy that rolls fees over to a new adoption situation within the agency. They have refunded 100% of lost fees in 98% of families' adoption disruptions.
American Adoptions aims to bring light the shortage of families adopting babies of African-American descent through the agency-assisted program. Parents must be 22-50 years old. This program has two main advantages over the traditional program:
- Adoptive parents in this program get more exposure to birthmothers
- There is generally a shorter waiting time to adopt (2-15 months from approval to placement)
Range of total cost: $38,000 - $41,000
The application is $295 and the fees depend on the state of residence, birthmother living expenses, medical and legal fees, and travel costs. Adoptive parents can set a cap on the total amount of money they are willing to pay to complete an adoption, and will only be presented to birthmothers whose situations cost less than that amount. Identified adoptions, where the adoptive family and birthparents match on their own then seek adoption services, will have an individualized fee schedule depending on services needed.
- Costly Traditional Program
- Gender-Specific Fee
Costly Traditional Program
While similar to the agency-assisted program in its process, the traditional program is generally more costly. Additionally, parents with more than two children already must participate in the agency-assisted program, where other families can choose between the two. Parents must be 25-50 years old. The wait time for this program is 1-12 months from approval to placement and the range of total cost is between $44,000 and $48,000.
The agency charges an extra fee for adoptive parents who want to request a specific gender. This does make the process more expensive for adoptive parents who are trying to fill a specific spot in their family.