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Domestic Infant Adoption

Our domestic infant adoption program welcomes all children in need of an adoptive family and serves expectant parents in our region seeking adoption services. Most of our adoptions are open and provide the opportunity for birth and adoptive families to remain connected through their child's lives. We facilitate the complete adoption process and our families receive support throughout placement and after with our comprehensive post placement services. We are a licensed agency in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. Note: as of February 2024, we are currently accepting applications for our Domestic Infant Adoption Program Waitlist. Read more below.

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Steps of the Infant Adoption Process

Steps of the Infant Adoption Process

Adoptions Together, a program of Paths for Families, has offered domestic infant adoption for over 30 years with innovative, compassionate services at every step. Learn the steps of the adoption process and begin your adoption path.

Domestic Infant Program Placement Fee Information

Domestic Infant Program Placement Fee Information

How much does infant adoption cost? Adoptions Together, a program of Paths for Families, offers a sliding scale and a transparent fee schedule. Read on for typical costs for our infant placement services.

Home Study Process

Home Study Process

What is the adoption home study process? What can you expect from your home study? Read on to learn the most common steps for families doing their home study through Adoptions Together, a program of Paths for Families.


February 2024 Update

We are currently accepting applications for our Domestic Infant Program Waitlist.  Families on the Waitlist are invited into the Domestic Infant Program as openings occur.  The wait time for new applicants to enter the Domestic Infant Program is dependent on how many families are on the waitlist (ahead of the applicant) and the race/culture of the applicant(s).

We reserve at least 30% our placement pool for families of color, as most of the birth parents we serve are of color and are seeking adoptive families that mirror their race and/or culture.  When we fall below 30% of families of color in the placement pool, we will invite families of color off the waitlist to join the Domestic Infant Program. We share this information with you in full transparency with the intent of serving you well.


Additional Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • The minimum age to adopt is 25 years of age. Couples must be married for 1 year or have been partnered and living together for at least 2 years at the time of the home study application.
  • Adoptions Together requires that a single parent must be 50 years or younger at the time of application for the adoption of an infant.
  • If part of a couple, the couple’s combined age should not exceed 100. Ages may be older if you are adopting from foster care.
  • The prospective parent should be in sufficient health to be expected to raise a child to adulthood.
  • Sufficient financial resources are required at the time of home study approval to afford adoption expenses and to provide adequate care for the adopted child. All family members need to be covered by medical insurance. The primary earner must have life insurance to cover one year of salary. The reason for these financial guidelines is to protect both the adopted child and the family from serious financial distress.

Expectant/Birth Parent Services

Our expectant/birth parent counselors provide counseling and education to women and couples considering adoption. They also guide them in completing a thorough social and medical history. The counselors understand the emotional consequences of placing a child for adoption and counsel birth parents about many aspects of this important decision. Even though an expectant parent may feel confident of her decision, once the baby is born, many have to remake this serious decision.

Once the expectant parents have chosen adoption, they are encouraged to review ParentFinder Profiles to select a family for their child. Sometimes expectant parents desire to meet the adoptive family prior to the birth and other times they may choose to wait until the child is born. Occasionally they choose to have the agency make the selection for them based on their desires for the type of family they want. Contact between the adoptive and birth family is negotiated on an individual basis. Our expectant/birth parent services are not limited to a specified period of time. We try to be available for birth parents who place through our agency as long as we may be needed.

Relationships Between Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

The amount of contact an adoptive family has with expectant/birth parents may vary. You will be guided in completing an Adoptive Parent Profile in which you specify options about the prenatal environment of the birth mother. You will also be able to designate your level of comfort with how much contact and how much information is shared with the expectant/birth parents. While most families meet their child’s birth mother at least one time, some families do not meet their baby’s birth parents. Others develop a relationship with their child’s birth parents and maintain contact through the agency. Many birth and adoptive families choose to get together regularly, usually once or twice a year with the agency’s assistance.

Post Placement Contact Agreement

You will be expected to send letters and pictures as your child grows; for this purpose we have a web based system called Child Connect for adoptive and birth parents to exchange updates. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for birth parents and adoptive families to make a plan that meets the mutual needs of all involved for the best interest of the child. Around placement, you will be asked to sign a Post Placement Contact Agreement; at a minimum we ask you upload letters and pictures annually. The majority of today’s birth parents are seeking an open adoption which typically involves contact once or twice a year.

LGBTQ+ Adoption

Paths for Families is proud to serve all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We are recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children-All Families program, as an Innovator in supporting and serving LGBTQ+ youth and families.

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Interim Care

Adoptions Together has a number of dedicated families who have opened their homes to provide love and nurturing to children who are not able to be placed directly with their family for adoption. Interim care is available to provide time for a birth parent to resolve this difficult decision. It is also used while we search for the appropriate family when none is available. Additionally, it may be used if the legal risks for placement are determined to be too great by the adoptive family. The agency social worker will discuss with you the perceived risks, and if the birth mother agrees, you may be asked to take placement; on occasion we make interim care available to you during this time. Interim care may be billed at $100/day.


Legal Procedure and Risks

The legal process for completing an adoption may seem intimidating, but in fact is quite straight forward. Members of the domestic staff are available to answer any questions you may have. We encourage all birth parents with whom we work to meet an independent attorney to fully explore the legal consequences of placing a child for adoption. After the baby is born, and the birth parents are confident of their decision, they complete documentation to relinquish their child to the agency. These documents are submitted to the court and the agency is appointed to be the legal guardian of the infant.

The appointment of the agency as the child’s guardian terminates the parental rights of the birth parents. The agency receives a Guardianship Decree formalizing the legal relationship. Depending upon the level of participation of the birth mother and the birth father, the process of legally terminating parental rights in Maryland will take a minimum of 30 days. We recognize how difficult it can be during the 30 day revocation period and keep in close communication during this time. In Virginia, the legal revocation period is 10 day from the baby’s birth or 7 days from the signature of consent and cases are typically filed at finalization. At placement, your child will be put on your family insurance policy.

Because most of the children placed through Adoptions Together are newborns who go directly home from the hospital with their adoptive parents, most of our placements are considered legally at risk, meaning there is a certain period of time after the child was placed that a birth parent may revoke his or her consent to the placement, and have the child returned to their custody. While such revocations are rare, the emotional trauma of a disrupted placement is very difficult for adoptive families.

If the family is unable to accept the placement of a child before parental rights are terminated, we may be able to arrange interim care. A fee for care, accrued daily, will be assessed. Additionally, the consent of the birth parents will be required for any interim care placement.

Medical Risks

Adoptions Together undertakes strenuous efforts to obtain detailed medical and social histories of the birth parents and each child placed through the agency. Before placement, each child is given an evaluation by a pediatrician either at the hospital prior to discharge or while in interim care. All medical information available on a child will be provided to the adoptive family.

Despite our best efforts, all pre-existing medical conditions may not be discovered prior to placement. If a medical condition is discovered after your adoption is finalized, you will have all legal responsibility for your child. While we make every effort to obtain complete medical information, we cannot guarantee the future health of the child.

Post-Placement Risks

After a child is placed with you, the agency will schedule a minimum of three post-placement visits to assist and support your transition to parenting. The social worker who completed your initial Home Study will usually do your post placements. These visits occur over a six-month period, and at their favorable conclusion, the agency will give its consent to the legal finalization of your adoption of the child. Adoptive parents may retain independent counsel to complete this process or they may draft the petition themselves with the guidance of the agency. Additional training for adoptive parenting will be offered.

Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to have the opportunity to help you build your family through adoption.

Infant Adoption Networking Service

Our Networking Program offers guidance and assistance in choosing a placing agency or attorney that is ethical and that we feel provides a wide array of post-adoption services, and support for birth and adoptive families. The Networking Program Specialist will talk with you about your child preferences and adoption budget, revocation time periods in each state, as well as other pertinent aspects to help you choose the appropriate agency/attorney.

Should you find a match on your own, we can help you find quality professionals in the birth parents’ state to offer necessary counseling and legal work to complete an adoption. Once your home study is complete and you begin working with your chosen agency/attorney, the Networking Program Specialist will be available to discuss possible matches or other situations that may arise.

The Networking Program includes a fee of $1,050 that covers 12 months of support and guidance. The 12-month time begins upon intake into our Networking Program.

Infant Adoption Networking Service