Domestic Private Adoption
Private placement adoption is accomplished when a birth parent places the child directly with the adoptive parent(s) without an agency acting as an intermediary. As the name suggests, the parties to the adoption have located each other and determined that they wish to make an adoption plan together. Adoptive parents and birth parents learn of each other in many ways, including: connections through family and friends and advertising on the internet. The information that is exchanged between birth parents and adoptive parents allows everyone to make an informed choice. Although information is exchanged, confidentiality can still be maintained; last names, addresses and identifying information are only disclosed as desired. The assistance of an attorney with expertise in the area of adoption is highly recommended and often required in this type of adoption. Private placement adoption is attractive because it avoids the cost of an agency fee, and can sometimes happen very quickly and inexpensively. The cost of a private placement adoption can vary greatly, but is generally between $25,000 and $35,000, not counting the cost associated with any required advertising or outreach.