How to Do an Independent Private Adoption in the US

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It is possible to do an independent private adoption without using an adoption agency? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews two of the top adoption attorneys that facilitate independent adoptions in the US: Steven M. Kirsh and Mark McDermott.

+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • Similarities between using an adoption agency or an adoption attorney.
  • Differences between using an adoption agency or an adoption attorney.
  • Resources for adoption law in specific states?
  • What is a facilitator? Is using one a good idea?
  • What is the best way to find a birth mother?
  • What is the best way to avoid expectant parent scams?
  • Where should you hire an attorney if your adoption is interstate?
  • Can you can use an adoption attorney for special needs adoption?
  • Are there states that are more adoption friendly than others?
  • Are any of the following characteristics an impediment to independent adoption?
    • Single Parent
    • Age
    • LGBT
    • Race
  • Can you sign up with both an agency and an adoption attorney?
  • Typical cost of an independent adoption? Does it cost more than using an agency?
  • How much money is at risk if an adoption falls through?
  • Average amount of time it takes to adopt
  • Risk factors and independent adoption
  • Can an adoptive parent require a birth mother to undergo drug testing?

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Show originally aired in 2009.

29/04/2015 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2015 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Radio Show | 0 Comments



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