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AdoptHelp


We’re thinking about going with AdoptHelp or American Adoptions. Any feedback or considerations we should be aware of?

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Both are very large agencies with good reputations from what I’ve heard. Just something you may want to consider as a different strategy is to sign up with multiple agencies at once with low upfront fees to increase your chances of a quicker match. Did you know you could do that? I’m an adoption consultant, and that’s the strategy of most consultants as we guide our prospective parents. Feel free to message me if you would like to explore more. But if you decide to go with either of these agencies, make sure to find out how many families they have waiting for what you are waiting for, how many placements they did last year and how many failures they had. That may help guide you to the right fit for you. I hope that helps.

-Becca G.

Posted by RGAdopt on Jan 14, 2018 at 3:04pm

My husband and I used AdoptHelp to adopt our son.  We were gender-specific, and our wait was four years.  Gender-specificity significantly increases the wait for a match, something that AdoptHelp was upfront about from the beginning of our relationship with them.  We were very pleased with AdoptHelp, and appreciated their accessibility to answer our questions and update us on the latest trends as we waited. 

AdoptHelp requires a large payment for advertising at the outset of each adoption initiative.  They have one of the largest, if not the largest, advertising budgets among adoption agencies in America.  With the drop in the number of children being placed for domestic adoption, a big advertising budget is important because it keeps the agency prominently displayed in Internet searches that mothers may do when searching for an agency to work with.

One important fact to keep in mind is that AdoptHelp works with couples and birth mothers across the country, but is not licensed to perform adoption services in each state.  In instances where AdoptHelp has an adoption opportunity in a state where it is unlicensed, they will transfer your case to a partner agency that has the requisite licensing.  This happened with our adoption, which took place in Florida, and the transfer progressed smoothly.  That said, we missed not working with the AdoptHelp personnel that we had grown attached to during the preceding four years.  While we were disappointed that AdoptHelp could not coordinate our adoption from start to finish, we were pleased that they remained in contact with us while we were in Florida, and also continued to provide outreach to the birth mother since she had formed a good working relationship with her AdoptHelp caseworker. When we had some frustrations with the Florida agency, AdoptHelp quickly intervened on our behalf, and resolved the issue.

The AdoptHelp clientele trends upper middle class.  This may be the demographic for private domestic adoption in general. 

Overall, we really liked the caseworkers and attorneys at AdoptHelp.  Their advertising strategy, while expensive, is successful and was instrumental in our being matched with our son’s mother.  Couples who contract with AdoptHelp seem to be matched within a reasonable amount of time. AdoptHelp was transparent about what to expect in terms of the wait for placement, and all costs.  I recommend them.

Posted by C&LofDC; on Jan 15, 2018 at 5:19pm

My husband and I used American Adoptions to add our son to our family.

We started our home study in November 2016. Completed our profile and video and went active on February 23rd, 2017. On March 13th, 2017, we got a call about a baby born situation and met the birth parents and baby on the evening of the 13th. The birth parents signed TPR on Tuesday March 14th, 2017. Our adoption was finalized on June 14, 2017.

American was amazing! Their communication was great! They were very forthcoming with information. They are pricy, but I’ve found that they overestimate expenses so they don’t have to come back and ask for more money. We actually just got a substantial refund, as they initially charged us for medical expenses including c-section. They were able to sign her up for Medicaid, so we got that back.

Pros: 6-12 months for typical match time frame (ours was 17 days), very forthcoming with information, honest about expectations, friendly, helpful, encourage open adoption, provide birth parent counseling, you don’t lose any money if a match fails, organized, quickly respond, LGBTQ friendly, everyone has a similar profile to put all waiting families on the same level.

Cons: PRICEY! Requires you to do a video and use their affiliated media company. In most states, you have to use a third party for your home study. They will challenge you to go outside of your criteria for your match. Ours was only slightly outside, but we immediately said yes. You submit paragraphs and paragraphs of info and they condense it and remove important bits when putting together your profile, so don’t get “married” to your wording.

Would I recommend them: ABSOLUTELY! The cost was worth the quick match. The birth family is amazing and we have a great relationship for our semi-open adoption. We send pictures and updates once or twice a week. The birth family doesn’t want visits at this time, but I let them know we were open to visits if they ever changed their minds.

If we decide to adopt again, we’d use them in a heartbeat.

Posted by ErinInNC on Jan 20, 2018 at 10:18pm

Have you considered self-matching?  Typically, it’s much faster and has a much, much lower price.

Posted by Adoption Hopes on Jan 27, 2018 at 3:50am

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