Interstate Adoption: Adopting Across State Lines

Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Suzanne B. Nichols, an adoption attorney with over 25 years of experience in private domestic adoptions and now reproductive law in the areas of surrogacy and donor eggs. She is licensed in both New York and New Jersey.

Hit the Highlights
  • What is the difference between using an adoption attorney and an adoption agency for adopting a baby in the United States?
  • How should adoptive parents find a birth mother who may want to place her child for adoption?
  • Who should prospective adoptive parents notify of their desire to adopt?
  • Advertising for domestic adoption
  • Notifying friends and family of your desire to adopt a baby
  • Creating a website for your domestic adoption of an infant
  • How to find a birth mother or birth father
  • Is advertising for an adoption situation legal?
  • Where should you place advertisements when looking for a prospective birth mother?
  • Is it better to advertise online or in print when considering domestic adoption?
  • Should you use a billboard when advertising for adopting a baby?
  • Targeted internet advertising.
  • Should you send unsolicited random letters to doctors, counselors, and clergy?
  • How does the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) work for domestic newborn adoptions?
  • How much time does it take to complete the legal work required by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) to adopt an infant?
  • Can you adopt a baby that was born in another state?
  • Should the birth mother move to your state to give birth?
  • Does adopting out of state cost more than adopting in a baby born in your state?
  • Do you need to hire an adoption attorney in the state where the baby was born?
  • What is an adoption facilitator?
  • What other names do adoption facilitators use?
  • Is it legal to use an adoption facilitator?

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Image Credit: Tiffany McLaughlin

Show originally aired in 2014.