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5 Common Myths about Domestic Adoption

Myth- It takes years to complete a domestic adoption. Reality- The average time frame to complete a Domestic Adoption is 1-2 years.

Myth- Women who place children for adoption, have abandoned their child, and do so, due to selfish reasons.

Reality-Most Birthmother’s choose adoption because they want, what they believe, is the best thing for their child. For most this is a heart wrenching decision.

Myth- If I adopt domestically, the birthparents might change their mind after the adoption is finalized. Reality- It is estimated that less than one percent of Domestic adoptions are legally contested after the relinquishment of parental rights. Despite media sensationalism of a few high profile cases, an overturned adoption is extremely rare.

Myth- Most birthparents are teens gone wild. Reality- The majority of birthparents are in their twenties and thirties. Many may already have a child, and additional children would be a hardship for the family.

Myth- There are few babies available for adoption. Reality- Each year there are over 20,000 infants placed for adoption in the United States.


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