Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney

Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney


Let’s face it—choosing an adoption agency or attorney is not the fun part of adoption. It’s confusing and often overwhelming, and few prospective adoptive parents look forward to the process. While our 52 page Multimedia Guide won’t make it exactly “easy”, it will make it much less confusing, and we hope will lead to less second-guessing during the adoption process.


This multimedia guide will cover choosing an agency for domestic infant adoption, international adoption, or foster care adoption. We have a chapter on how to choose an adoption attorney and the differences in using an agency or attorney. And last, but not least, we have a section on adoption and the LGBT community.

We’ve stuffed this guide with all sorts of great stuff: questionnaires to ask agencies or attorneys, red flags to avoid, videos on choosing, Q & As with experts, audio interviews, and so much more.

See What Others are Saying About our E-guide…

“If you’re about to dive into the murky waters of adoption, you’ll want this Guide by your side. Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney, a multimedia resource offered by the long-trusted Creating A Family organization, answers thousands of questions you may have about where to start, alerts you to red flags you need to know about, and sets you confidently on your path to family. I highly HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking into domestic, international or foster adoption.”

— Lori Holden, author of  The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption and blogger at

“With this multi-media guide, Creating a Family is helping folks who are just beginning their adoption journey to answer the questions they so often have- “What kind of adoption is best for me/us?”  “What kinds of questions should I ask as I choose an agency or attorney?”  “How do I choose an ethical agency” and “What red flags might I encounter?”  Full of charts, lists, anecdotes and lots of information from various media sources, this guide is a helpful tool for those wondering what their next step should be.”

 — Madeleine Melcher, author of Encouragement for the Adoption and Parenting Journey: 52 Devotions and a Journal

“There are a lot of resources out there designed to help individuals and families choose their best path for adoption, and there are lots of short articles and checklists and blog posts on what to do and what not to do. The beauty of this document is that, a recognized source of neutral, ethical information in the community, has combined all of this information into a short, how-to guide that will assist people in finding the right fit for them. The questions it encourages people to ask of themselves and the agencies, lawyers, or systems they are considering are not just about the process (fees, timelines, etc.), but are also designed to help people think through their own values and to consider what defines an ethical adoption process and structure for them and their families. When it comes to adoption, a process through which families are both broken apart and created, consideration of those values and how to maintain an ethical, respectful interaction for everyone is critical. It is wonderful to see these elements woven into a guide to assist people with the first real decision one has to make in an adoption process.”

— K. Hughes, Adoptive Mom. 

*This guide was made possible with generous support from Hopscotch Adoptions,

with additional support from Independent Adoption Center, MLJ Adoptions, and others who believe in the mission of Creating a Family. 

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