There are multiple options to help you build your family through adoption. At our recent weekend training classes, we taught a class on adoption options and we thought we’d share a little bit of insight here as well about the options you have as an adoptive couple.

There are three primary ways to build your family through adoption: domestic infant adoption, foster care, and international adoption. Within the realm of domestic adoptions, you have the option to do a private adoption or to use an agency. The caseworkers at Utah Adoption Specialists have experience with all of the options described above. All of us come from an agency background where we worked primarily with domestic infant adoptions. We now help families primarily with private domestic infant adoptions, so we can speak to the pros and cons of agency versus private adoptions. One of our caseworkers, Lauren Andrews, is also a licensor for the State of Utah for foster care families, so she is a great resource for couples wanting to explore that option (though we must make clear that if you decide to pursue foster care, you cannot get your home study through UAS- it must be obtained through the state). Another of our caseworkers, Kim Perry, has been through the international adoption process and is currently pursuing another international adoption. She is a great resource for any of you thinking about international adoption as a way to build your family.

So let’s talk about domestic agency adoptions first.
Typical cost: $20,000-$50,000

There are a number of pros and cons to agency adoptions. We will just list a few here to get you thinking:

Agencies typically offer matching services
Agencies can offer all inclusive services for couples and birth parents
Can help screen expectant mothers to reduce the incidence of scammers

COST- Agency adoptions are almost always going to cost the more
There is often a risk of losing a portion of your fees if a placement fails
The agency process may be less flexible as adoptive couples may need to meet additional requirements set by the agency (limit on number of children, couples must have infertility, etc.)

Your caseworker can help you explore the various agency options available to you and offer suggestions for good, ethical, and reputable agencies that we have worked with. We can also help with a list of important questions to ask any agency you are considering. Talk to your caseworker for guidance- that’s what we are here for!