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Hi Everyone. My husband and I have decided it’s time to start the adoption process. We’re in our early thirties with a four-year-old.

The thing is that I don’t know where to start.. We want to adopt a child 3 or younger and I’m okay with a semi-open adoption. I understand the process if we go through foster care. However, there are so many other routes to take.

I’m needing some guidance.


I think the video on my website will help you a lot. I’m an adoption consultant. If you care to chat after you watch it, you can sign up to hop on a call with me.

Happy New Year! What an exciting way to begin.

-Becca G.

Posted by RGAdopt on Jan 02, 2020 at 3:51am

If you are interested in adopting in the states (domestic adoption), then your options are foster adopt or private adoption.  Domestic private adoption, whether through an agency or an attorney, is almost exclusively newborn adoption.  Foster adopt can mean you sign up as a foster parent through the state, or you can decide that you only want to consider kids who are legally free for adoption, either through the state or through an agency.  It is rare to find a child three or younger who is legally free for adoption, children that young are usually adopted by their foster family.

Posted by jszmom on Jan 02, 2020 at 7:51pm

What are you expecting from a “semi-open adoption?” Defining that might make it more clear to expectant parents who are considering surrending their child adoption to consider you as potential adoptive parents.

Posted by NoraT on Jan 21, 2020 at 4:15am

Semi-open adoption refers to a situation where the birth mom/birth parents and adoptive parents meet prior to adoptive placement, and then after placement the contact is through pictures and letters, but no in-person contact.  When adoptions moved from closed to open, this was the most common type of adoption. The term semi-open was to differentiate from open adoptions with on-going visits and contact.

Posted by jszmom on Jan 22, 2020 at 5:16pm

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