Adoption agencies and Adoption Network Law Center (ANLC) are professional entities that are able to assist both hopeful Adoptive Parents and prospective Birth Mothers on their adoption journeys. Trying to select the right adoption professional to help guide you through the process can seem like an overwhelming task, so it will help to do your research and speak to several entities to find the right fit for you and your family.

Navigating Legal Matters

Navigating Legal Matters

A critical component of many private newborn adoptions will be the legal pathway. Many US adoptions involve Adoptive Parents that reside in a different state than the Birth Parents. Before a child is placed out of state, Adoptive Parents must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), which is a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands that ensures that the child will be placed in a safe, suitable home that is able to meet his/her needs.

ANLC understands that every adoption requires a thorough analysis to determine the best approach to a legally sound adoption and will work with skilled and experienced professionals to handle all of the legal aspects of your adoption. ANLC will manage the flow of all information between all the legal entities involved, the execution of necessary documents and all of the necessary details involved to protect your adoption plan.*

*For the legal completion of any adoption, you will separately retain the appropriate legal entity(ies) in your state and the Birth Mother’s state for necessary representation.


Cost of adoption

The answer to the question “How much does it cost to adopt?” will vary for Adoptive Parents who are pursuing a domestic newborn adoption through an adoption agency or ANLC. Costs will depend on factors such as Birth Mother support and travel expenses. Costs among adoption agencies will also vary depending on the size of the agency, their service area, services provided and their reach for Birth Mothers.

To assist with adoption costs, many Adoptive Parents have been able to benefit from the adoption tax credit, employer/military adoption benefits, loans, grants and crowdfunding.

ANLC and a limited number of adoption agencies will also provide a refund for Adoptive Parents in certain circumstances where an adoption opportunity disrupts.

Wait Times

Adoption wait times

Wait times also vary for Adoptive Parents as there is no guarantee when a Birth Mother will select them.

On average, ANLC’s Adopting Parents are selected by a Birth Mother within 4-13 months.*

Adoption agency wait times will often vary based on the size of the agency. Smaller adoption agencies will usually have longer wait times than the national agencies because they are limited in their geographic location which limits the number of Birth Mothers they are able to help.

*Past performance and statistical data do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

Birth Parent Relationships

Birth Mother support

At ANLC, our trained and compassionate Advisors work with Birth Mothers looking to create an adoption plan. They ensure that Birth Mothers are supported throughout their adoption experiences and foster a relationship based on honest communication. This helps to establish a foundation of trust moving forward.

Adoption agencies also need to focus on developing a healthy relationship with their Birth Mothers. Speak to the agency and discuss how they work with Birth Mothers and how they support them throughout the adoption process.