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19%Success Rate

The Success Rate is the average number of children successfully placed with a family the year prior. Some companies only showcase the Success Rate over a few years. In those cases, the Review Team takes the average number for the total years published.
    • The Review Team conducted a survey of more than 1,000 random people asking them what factors would help determine which Adoption Agency company they would use in the event you would consider adopting. To the Review Team's surprise, 28 percent of those people chose the Success Rate. After Success Rate, Fees was chosen by 24 percent and then Waiting Time with 22 percent.
    • The Review Team tries to closely align what the consumers are looking for with the Ranking Criteria. This survey has influenced the weight of each of the factors, putting Success Rate at the highest weighted factor with 13 percent and Waiting Time and Fees weighing 10 percent each.


Those first being introduced to the world of adoption finances may find the high costs a harsh reality. Fees vary by type and amount depending on the agency and adoption procedure. Agencies that reasonably limit excessive fees will be given a higher ranking.

15%Adoption Types

There are two primary types of adoptions, "Closed" and "Open". Closed adoptions create strict processes to prevent contact between an adopted child and its birth-parents until at least the age of 18. Open adoptions allow interaction between adopted children and their birth-parents on a case-by-case basis. Having options when researching the potential adoption process is critical. Because of this, a higher ranking is given to agencies that have more adoption type options offered.

14%Waiting Time

Across the board, it can take a significant amount of time from beginning paperwork to taking your adopted child home. Some agencies have more refined operations, speeding up the process of initial paperwork and interviews without losing any needed investigative work. Those companies who, on average, match the right child to their adopted parents faster are given a higher score.


Adopting from an agency that has been through the process many times for countless years provides extra peace-of-mind. A better score is given to agencies who have been facilitating adoptions for longer periods of time.

10%Stability Score

We look at the legal history and financial stability of each company. This metric takes into consideration any bankruptcies, class action lawsuits, government lawsuits, or government investigations a company has had in the last five years.

15%User Score

Authentic user reviews are critical to what we’re doing at BestCompany.com. Because customer service is an important reflection of a company overall, nobody can provide better insights about a company’s performance than actual customers. Consequently, every company’s overall score is influenced, at least in part, by reviews submitted by customers. For more information on how we moderate user reviews submitted to our site, you may refer to our Review Guidelines page.