The annual number of infants adopted domestically (excluding foster and relative adoption) is estimated to be around 18,000, far greater than the annual number of international adoptions. The process of adopting a newborn in the U. S. can go more swiftly than you may imagine. In a 2011 survey, the majority of Adoptive Families were matched with a birthmother in less than three months, and 40% were matched less than one month before their child was born. This year alone, adoption agency A Act of Love Adoptions has placed a baby in as little as 3 days from the time the Adoptive Family applied and most are no more then 1 year. The majority being less than 3 months.
In the majority of U.S. newborn adoptions, adoptive parents are selected by the birthparents of the child, and in at least half of the cases, the birthparents and adoptive parents meet. Domestic adopters usually appreciate the opportunity to build a relationship with their child’s birth family. Ongoing contact is increasingly common, but can vary significantly in frequency. A Act of Love Adoptions offers a variety of openness options. Usually the birthparent chooses the type of openness best suited to their needs and then the staff at A Act of Love Adoptions presents the situation to prospective adoptive families.