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Using Multiple Agencies - suggestions?


My husband and I are currently in the “waiting to be considered/matched” phase of our adoption journey (yay!) and so far we’re very happy with our agency. However, it’s a smaller agency and we’re thinking it might benefit us to also sign up with one or two additional agencies, in the hopes of possibly increasing our chances for a successful adoption. I’m wondering if anyone can offer suggestions on agencies that will allow waiting adoptive parents to sign up with them as secondary, and have start up fees that aren’t super high? We live in Ohio, but aren’t opposed to working with agencies in other states.Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!


Open Adoption and Family Services has an excellent reputation for ethics.

Posted by rredhead on Aug 06, 2018 at 2:05am

We are also in Ohio, and I highly recommend Caring for Kids, which is based in Akron but has offices in Columbus and Wadsworth as well. We used them as a second agency because our first (Catholic Charities) was wonderful but only doing a few placements a year. CFK is very ethical and does amazing outreach with birth mothers after the adoption process. We loved them! Good luck!

Posted by readermom on Aug 06, 2018 at 11:09am

We also worked with Caring For Kids in Ohio and found them to be great.  We worked with Adoptions With Love in MA and they were good.  Heart of Adoptions in Florida is the other agency we we’re successful with.  Best of luck!! 💙

Posted by kdm1112 on Aug 06, 2018 at 3:13pm

We are in Georgia and we used a company called Adoption Information Services for this express purpose.  I highly recommend them and especially Marcia Barker, the director. 

Although they are in Georgia, they work with adoptive couples from all over the country.  Their relationships with nationwide adoption agencies and their pre-screening process get you on a fast track. 

The results speak for themselves - we adopted two newborn boys at different times from different states; start to finish the process took only 12 months per child.  Another couple we knew who started the process when we did, but didn’t use AIS but instead only signed with a single agency in Georgia, had not yet adopted one child by the time we had 2.

Posted by LanierG71 on Aug 06, 2018 at 4:20pm

Another good ethical Ohio agemcy is

Posted by Regina on Aug 07, 2018 at 2:29am

Thanks so much for all of the responses! You’ve given us quite a few additional possibilities to check out (and on a side note, we were really happy to see some positive comments about Caring for Kids, as that is the agency we are currently working with!) 😊

Posted by Mandeeb13 on Aug 09, 2018 at 1:14am

I had this same question! My husband and I are also working with a VERY small agency that we like, but want to increase our chances by putting ourselves on the waiting list at two. Am I correct to assume that you only pay the agency that actually places your child? So for example, you pay whatever non-refundable fees to both agencies, but only pay placement to ONE. We live in New Jersey and will be working with agencies based in NJ-NY

Posted by LoveFamily48 on Dec 12, 2018 at 5:30pm

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