The Perils of Private Adoption
Private or independent adoptions may seem attractive at first. No agency
involvement, no restrictive qualifying criteria, just an agreement made
between the parties involved. However, these type of adoptions can present
a perilous situation for both the adoptive parents and birth mother.
Private Adoption Risks in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey
Private adoptions can be facilitated by an intermediary or just between
the parties themselves. However, the lack of safeguards make these type
of adoption agreements particularly vulnerable to dissolution.
Many things contribute to the riskiness of private adoptions, including:
- Lack of complete screening of either the adoptive or birth parents
- Absence of counseling services
- Facilitators do not have to be licensed or participate in a thorough accreditation process
- Birth parents may have longer time to revoke their consent
- Improper financial support of the birth mother may subject parents to criminal charges
Most states have extensive laws regulating these types of adoption, which
often necessitates more work from the adoptive parents. Careful, itemized
record keeping must be done to assure finalization. In addition,
private or independent adoptions are illegal in the state of Delaware.
Adoption ARC Looks After Your Adoption Process
At Adoption ARC, we are a full-service, non-profit child welfare agency
with nearly 23 years' experience in bringing families together. If
you are seeking to enter into the adoption process in Pennsylvania, New
Jersey or Delaware, we can provide compassionate and complete assistance.
Our mission is to provide lifelong reinforcement to all of our families.
We offer initial counseling, prenatal services, home screenings, parenting
classes and support groups. Our licensed and accredited adoption professionals
carefully match adoptive parents and birth mothers, following all legal
guidelines, in order to generate the best possible outcome.
We are anxious to support you in your adoption process!
Contact us anytime to speak with a counselor!