What exactly is meant by domestic adoptions? Domestic adoption simply means you are adopting from your home country, rather than internationally. Domestic adoptions can be done privately, or through an adoption or foster care agency. You must be at least 25 years old and a U.S. citizen.

The big fear for prospective adoptive parents in domestic adoptions seems to be the idea of open adoptions, meaning your child may have ongoing contact with his or her birth parent(s). Open adoptions have become more common in the last ten years. Also, the waiting period for domestic adoptions through an agency, particularly for infants, can be quite long.

There are other alternatives, such as the foster care system, or taking a pro-active approach and advertising for a birthmother.

All that being said, the success stories by far outweigh the negative press you hear. Open adoptions can be healthy and successful. It is helpful to both sides to have an understanding, in writing as to the parameters that fit the comfort level for everyone involved. A skilled adoption attorney can help with all aspects of the process.

Call Iandoli & Edens Adoption Department for more information at 908 879 9499 or visit our website at http://www.iandoliedens.com.

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