A private domestic adoption is facilitated by a private licensed adoption agency or an adoption attorney for a child who resides in the United States and is not under the supervision of a public agency such as the Department of Child Services.

Private domestic adoption is a wonderful way for parents to provide children with a permanent, loving home. But if you’re new to the process, it can feel overwhelming. At The Villages, we walk alongside parents who are considering adoption, providing resources, guidance, and support.

As a licensed child placing agency, The Villages offers the following types of private adoptions.

When a family adopts an infant born in Indiana, The Villages can help facilitate the process from start to finish. We match families with a birth mother, help families complete home studies, work with attorneys to complete paperwork, collect background information from birth parents, and more.

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our infant adoption program. The new Mother-Centered Domestic Infant Adoption Program focuses on supporting birth mothers to nurture a healthy adoption. We prioritize the mental and physical health of birth mothers while walking alongside adoptive families.

Timeline and Benefits
Typically, families can complete the necessary paperwork and home study process within two to four months. Once the home study is completed, it could take a few months up to 2+ years to be matched with a child based on criteria of the adoptive parents and the expectant mother. After the child’s birth and placement with the adoptive parents, the adoption can generally be finalized within a couple months of birth.

For families who wish to adopt an infant, private domestic adoption is often the only avenue. It also allows adoptive and birth families to choose the level of communication they wish to have as the child ages.

Requirements and Cost
The requirements for infant adoption vary case-by-case. In order to provide the appropriate information specific to your needs, please contact The Villages. We will explain our fee structure and what you can expect.

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There are times when the best option for a child is to be adopted by a family member, a kinship relative (defined as someone bonded with the child but not biologically related), or a stepparent. These adoptions can provide a significant sense of security and permanency for the child, formalizing an existing bond. The Villages supports these adoptions through services including home study completions, background checks, and answering questions along the way.

Timeline and Benefits
Families can typically complete the necessary paperwork and home study process within two to four months. The time necessary to finalize the adoption will vary by attorney, so contact them directly to discuss their typical timelines.

Requirements and Cost
The requirements for relative, kinship, stepparent adoption depend on the specific circumstances of each case. Contact us directly so we can understand your specific situation and provide the appropriate information on fees structures and what they entail. There will also be private attorney fees, which will vary based on circumstances.

Out-of-state adoptions refers to when a family works with an adoption agency or attorney in another state to complete an adoption. In these cases, applicable services offered by The Villages include a home study completion and a post-placement supervision report completion as required by the authority finalizing the adoption.

If you’re considering this option, The Villages is here to offer you support.

Timeline and Benefits

Families typically can complete the necessary paperwork and home study process within two to four months.

For families that choose this option, there can be several benefits. Having The Villages provide services in this situation allows the family and the attorney or other agency to utilize our expertise in helping the family prepare for an adoption, identify and address any potential concerns before and after the adoption, and refer the family to support services through local agencies when needed.

Requirements and Cost
The requirements for out-of-state attorney or agency adoptions vary. To provide the most accurate information, please contact The Villages to discuss your particular situation. We will explain our fees based on the specific services provided. You can also expect to pay private attorney fees during the adoption process, although these will vary by attorney and the type of adoption.

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The Villages offers several services post adoption.

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