One of the biggest choices a parent will make is whether to adopt domestically or internationally. A common misconception to first time adoptive parents is that there are no babies available for adoption in the U.S. There are actually thousands of children adopted domestically each year, many of them newborn infants. Available newborns, a clear adoption process and ability to connect with birthparents are distinctions of the domestic process.
A domestic adoption takes place between citizens of the United States, although the birthparents and adoptive families do not always reside in the same state or even region. A qualified adoption facilitator or agency can introduce families across the U.S., and help with the adoption process, which also includes applications, home studies, and navigating various adoption laws.
Lifetime Adoption’s qualified adoption service screens and matches birthparents to adoptive parents, and can make referrals for attorneys to traverse the laws that can vary from state to state. If an adoption is taking place across multiple states, the attorneys will need to look at the laws in both. Another aspect of domestic adoption that can vary from state to state is the requirements for the adoptive family’s home study. A home study is a written and oral description of your family and lifestyle combined with visits to assess the safety standards of your home.
The biggest benefit of domestic adoption is that it allows for open adoption. An open adoption permits birthparents to select the adoptive family and level of communication they desire after the adoption. Some birthparents and adoptive parents elect to communicate during the pregnancy, and the adoptive parents may decide to offer help and support to their birthmother at this time. After the adoption, birthparents may want to receive letters, emails, or have phone calls. Sometimes the open adoption may include visits between the birthparents, adoptive family and child.
An open adoption benefits all parties involved. When birthparents select the family that will parent their child and have the ability to communicate as that child grows, it helps alleviate doubts and fears about their decision. Adoptive parents have access to the birthfamily and medical history if needed. Most importantly, open adoption benefits the child; having the gift of complete understanding of why they were placed for adoption, and knowing that they were placed with a family hand-picked to offer them nurture, stability, and love.
When selecting a domestic adoption, you can benefit from an open adoption situation that would otherwise not be available in an international adoption. There is no mystery about who the child’s family is, or what their family medical history may be. The birth and adoptive parents can decide on a level of openness and communication that suits their particular needs, and often trusted relationships form that allow a child to grow with even more people to love them than in a closed adoption.