For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.         Galatians  5:5
 

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Can we advertise and market our profiles as adoptive parents?

Yes, most states allow adverstising and only a few do not.  Advertising Laws by State

​2.  What are our costs?

Typically, the national average for private adoption is $40,000 or more.  At Adoption Hope & Prosperity it is our mission to offer an alternative to adoptive parents that is much less.  The total cost for most of our adoptive parents will be about $20,000.  This will include our fees and services, marketing and advertising, attorneys, home-study, birth-mother expenses and any travel expenses you would have related to your adoption.     

3.  Who is Involved in an Self-Matching or Independent Adoption?

Because self- matches or independent adoptions do not involve an agency to conduct each step of the adoption process, several other professionals must be employed to complete the process:


Adoption Attorney – Required to legally terminate parental rights of the birth parents and to legally finalize the adoption

Home Study Provider – Required to conduct a home study for the adoptive family to make them legal to adopt.

Counselor – Recommended for the birth mother to have someone she can talk to throughout the adoption process.

Media Specialist – Recommended for the adoptive family to create and/or market their adoptive family profile and perhaps a video profile to show to prospective birth mothers.

4.  What are the benefits of Self -Matching or Independent Adoption?

Although self-matching or independent adoption can have challenges for both prospective adoptive parents and birth mothers, self-matching clearly has many benefits including:
         

a.  Typically, a much lower cost due to fewer people involved in the adoption.
b.  Get to know birth mother or adoptive family without agency involvement.
c.  Typically, wait time for finding a match is lower.


  
5.  What are five Things to Know When You Adopt?

a. Adoption doesn't always have to cost five figures. 
b.  Educating yourself prior to adoption is key. 
c.  Know what type of adoption you would like such as open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open adoption.
d.  Rights and responsibilities of birth and adoptive parents.   
e.  Availability of support services for birth and adoptive parents, and your children - before, during, and after the adoption.  


6.   Can we adopt in a different state?

Yes, families often adopt children from other States. The basic adoption process for adoptions involving multiple States is similar to the  process for adoptions within the same State. All prospective adoptive parents must obtain a home study (or family profile) and follow  their State’s adoption laws.


7.  What states do not allow independent adoptions?

There are a handful of states that don't allow independent adoptions or severly restrict them. 

Michigan only allows independent adoptions if the adoptive parents are members of the birth mothers family.  

Florida allows a child to be taken into the state for purposes of independent adoption but will not allow a child to be removed from the state for that purpose.

Colorado does not allow independent adoptions within the state, but if the placement occurs within another state where the placement is lawful, Colorado will typicall approve the placement and allow the adoption to proceed.

Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, independent adoptions are illegal, although in these states it is possible to do an agency-directed adoption after you have identified birth parents. This is when your adoption attorney would help you navigate.