Traditionally, hopeful adoptive families apply with one adoption agency in their home state. The agency most likely has a large upfront fee and after paying it the family is placed on a waiting list. The?profile book?of the hopeful adoptive family is shown to expectant mothers who meet both the preferences of the expectant mother and hopeful adoptive family. In general, local agencies are smaller and work with a handful of expectant mothers per year. Since the agency works with a handful of expectant mothers, it often increases wait time (on average, at least waiting a year or more) for those hopeful adoptive families who choose to work with a single agency.
At?Christian Adoption Consultants we know that the time between having a completed home study and profile book until being matched with an expectant mother can be the most challenging. That’s why we recommend the multi-agency approach. Instead of applying to one adoption agency, the hopeful adoptive family applies to multiple agencies in adoptive friendly states that do not have a large upfront fee. This allows the family to have their profile book presented to more situations which often decreases the wait time.
At CAC, we have a recommended agency list where we’ve done the research. This means that a hopeful adoptive family who signs on with CAC can begin applying to agencies on our list and know that they are?ethical?as well as have a small application fee (or even waive the fee for CAC families). In fact, families using CAC wait 5 1/2 months on average from the time their home study is complete until an adoption agency matches them and 6-12 months on average until the agency places a child with them.
If you are wanting more information on using an adoption consultant, I’d love to help you! Email Meg directly with questions and/or to request a free information packet.