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Can I use multiple agencies?

My husband and I are working with a private agency in MD, and haven’t heard anything from them in the 7 months since we completed our home study. My husband wants to continue with them, but I am getting frustrated and want to explore other options. Are we allowed to work with multiple agencies at the same time? What are the benefits/drawbacks to doing that? Are there other ways that we can be marketing ourselves besides just through our agency? Any advice is extremely appreciated!


most agencies won’t allow you to sign up with more than one at a time, if you go with a new agency they will most likely make you end with the old agency. I don’t think its illegal, just really hard to find agencies that allow it. if you could work with multiple agencies the benefit would be access to more situations. the drawback would be some agency fees might be nonrefundable even if they don’t place with you, so you might have to pay a lot more money, and also just a pain keeping up all the paperwork for two agencies.

Posted by rn4kidz on Feb 04, 2018 at 1:48am

We waited with an agency for 5 years. After that I told them we were going to work with other agencies and they finally agreed. Most agencies/attorneys require some kind of fee to be on their list. Some are more expensive than others. You might think about a consultant if you want to explore options. But again, it’s another fee. Each agency has their own rules about whether or not you can work with other agencies/attorneys.

Posted by Hall73 on Feb 04, 2018 at 3:29am

In my experience, agencies encourage you to work with multiple agencies. You will need your home study to register with new agencies, so I would just contact your current agency and ask. Every agency I worked with knew I was registered with other agencies. They just required me to let them know if I matched through another agency so they could put my profile on hold. I matched about a year after I finished my home study. I registered with 4 or 5 agencies with low up front costs. Good luck!

Posted by singlemom2b on Feb 04, 2018 at 5:54pm

You will need to check your contract.

Personally,  we would not contact with any agencies that would only allow us to work with just them. Our feeling about all of this is, in order to find a birth mom, you need to expose yourself to as many expectant moms as possible.

I compare it to applying to only one business if you were looking for a job. That is just crazy.

If your contract states that you can only work with the agency that you currently have, I would end the contract and find others that will allow you to work with multiple agencies. In our search, we worked with two agencies, to referral agencies, two facilitators, and an attorney. Yes…some had no fees, some minimal, and some, high…Ultimately we successfully found DDs birth mom in 15 months.

Posted by pednurse91 on Feb 04, 2018 at 6:45pm

We hired the adoption consultancy to handle our adoption. According to them, you definitely are allowed to sign up with multiple agencies. That is one of the strategies to shortening your wait time. I wish you luck. Message me if you want to talk more.

Posted by Jgordon on Feb 05, 2018 at 12:30am

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