How You Can Find the Perfect Adoptive Family
Choosing an adoptive family for your baby is one of the most important steps in your adoption journey. Because you are in control of your adoption, you can find an adoptive family based on type and any additional personality trait, preference or attribute you feel is important for your baby.
- Finding an adoptive family by type might be a priority for your adoption. Same-sex adoptive couples, gay couples looking to adopt, married or non-married adoptive couples and adoptive parents with children are all types of families you can choose for your child.
- Working with the right adoption agency means you can find an adoptive family that matches your specific needs and wants for your baby.
- A large national agency may be better equipped for connecting you with adoptive families of a specific type.
As a woman considering placing your baby for adoption, you get to choose the characteristics you want in your baby’s adoptive family. One characteristic that is important to many prospective birth mothers is type.
So, what do we mean when we say “family-type?”
Maybe you specifically dream of helping a same-sex couple adopt a child. Maybe you dream of your child growing up in a big, two-parent family with lots of older siblings. Or, maybe you prefer the idea of your child growing up as an only or oldest child, and you want to place them with a couple who has been struggling with infertility and waiting for their first baby.
There are hopeful families of every type — every adoptive family is unique. No matter what “type” of family you envision for your child, an adoption agency is the easiest way to search for specific types of families.
Our website has an online search function here that allows you to narrow down profiles of waiting parents by type, religion, race, age and more; simply select the “type” button at the top of the profile page and filter by the family makeup you’re searching for. You can also specify the number of other children you’d like the adoptive family to have in the “other” menu.
Work with the Best Adoption Agency to Find a Family by Type
When you want to find an adoptive family by type, you need an adoption agency with the size, scope and database of available adoptive families that can provide you with video profiles to find the perfect match.
When it comes to choosing an adoption agency, these are three important things you need to find the right family for your baby:
- Stability: Larger, national agencies tend to operate with more stability, which’s good for you. Years like 2020 taught us that anything can happen. Unfortunately, many small adoption agencies (and even some larger ones) were not prepared for that. They shut down or become unreliable. When you’re considering an agency, ask about their year-over-year placement numbers, how long they have been operating, and how many clients they work with at once.
- Experience: A social worker who has helped complete more adoptions will be more prepared to help you have a successful adoption process. But, there’s another layer of experience. How does the adoption agency you’re considering include the experiences of adoptive families, birth parents and adoptees on its staff? Representation matters, and agencies with staffs made up of people who have personally experienced adoption can offer the best support.
- Availability: You’re going to have some late-night and early-morning needs. Will your agency answer the phone? Some agencies cut off at office hours, but the best agencies will be there for you 24/7. That’s what you need during the adoption process.
Whether you’re looking for something very specific in an adoptive family, or you just want your baby to be loved and cared for beyond measure, there are millions of people out there who are hoping to welcome a child into their lives through adoption. Working with the right agency ensures you find the right family for you and your baby.
If you are looking for an adoptive family of a certain type, read on to learn more about your options.
Same-Sex Adoptive Couples
“I’m specifically looking for a gay couple to adopt my child. I’m placing my baby up for adoption to a gay couple because I know they need help to have a family and are sometimes discriminated against by adoption professionals. Where can I find a gay couple to adopt my baby?”
If thoughts like these have crossed your mind, you’ll be happy to know that there are many same-sex adoptive couples and LGBTQ families wanting to adopt a baby.
You might be specifically looking for gay couples hoping to adopt because you’re LGBTQ+ yourself, or simply because you want to give one of the wonderful gay couples wanting to adopt a chance to become parents. Whatever the reason, there is no shortage of same-sex couples who have been dreaming of welcoming a child through adoption.
Whether you’re looking for same-sex male adoptive couples, lesbian couples wanting to adopt or any other type of LGBTQ family, there are so many gay parents looking to adopt throughout the U.S. Start viewing gay adoption profiles here to find the gay couple looking to adopt who will be incredible parents to your child.
Opposite-Sex Adoptive Couples
Looking for a heterosexual couple to adopt your child? Many opposite-sex couples choose to adopt because of infertility, or simply because they care more about being parents than having a baby. There are male-female couples throughout the U.S. who have been dreaming of a child. Start viewing their profiles here.
Married Adoptive Couples
Most of the people who work with agencies are married couples looking for children to adopt. You may choose to place your child with a married couple because you feel that you want to give your child a positive relationship role model. You can view hundreds of profiles to find the married couple looking to adopt a child that you feel is right.
Unmarried Adoptive Couples
Some women are interested in placing their child with couples not married who want to adopt. Fewer couples are looking to adopt without being married because some professionals require the couple to have been together at least several years before adopting. However, they’re certainly out there! These couples may not be formally married, but they’re deeply committed to one another, and their future child.
Single Parent Looking to Adopt
A person doesn’t need a partner to be an excellent parent! Adoption is a common way for individuals to grow their own family, so there are always a large number of single parents looking to adopt. To get more information about these single hopeful parents, contact an adoption professional today.
Find an Adoptive Couple That Already Has Children
Want your child to grow up with older siblings? Maybe you loved having your own older sibling looking out for you, and you picture your child having that same experience. Or, maybe you like knowing that these parents have some experience, and you’d like to be able to see how they’re currently raising their older children.
Connect with a professional to view an adoption profile with older children. They’ll help you find the right adoption profile with older siblings, so you can see what your child’s life might be like.
First-Time Parents Wanting to Adopt
Maybe you like the idea of giving the gift of parenthood to a couple who has waited (sometimes for years) for the opportunity to raise a child. They may welcome more children into their family later on, but your child would be their first! There are so many people waiting to welcome a child for the first time, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect first-time parents.
Are You Ready to Start Your Adoption Journey Today? [Begin Viewing Adoptive Family Profiles by Type]
Remember that you’re able to choose as much about the adoptive family as you like. An adoption professional will be able to help you find exactly what you’re looking for — whatever that is for you! All that matters is that you find a family you feel is right, and who will love and care for your child as much as you do. Start by viewing profiles of waiting parents now.
If you don’t immediately see waiting adoptive family profiles that match exactly what you’re looking for, don’t worry. Not all prospective adoptive parents are at the point where their profiles are listed online. Some are at the early stages in the process.
Reach out to an adoption professional directly to ask if they have families of the “type” you’re looking for.