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 three main advantages over the traditional program:
- It costs an average of $10,000 less than 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)
Average Cost: $30,789
Range of total cost: $26,500-40,000
Home study: $1000 (in KS; $1200 in TX, $800 in FL)
Remaining fees depend on 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.
While similar to the agency-assisted program in its process, it 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.
Traditional Program (infants of non-African-American descent):
Average cost: $40,121
Range of total cost: $33,500-50,000
The agency charges a fee for adoptive parents who want to request a specific gender. This fee is $5,800 for the traditional program and $3,000 for the agency-assisted program.