Adoption terms to know
Starting your adoption journey
The path your family takes to adopt depends on several factors including, but not limited to, need, cost, preference, and more. Common adoption paths include:
Private adoption (domestic)
There are two different types of private adoption within the United States: Agency adoption and adoption through an independent attorney.
Kinship care (or “Relative placement”)
Additional resources related to LGBTQ+ adoption
Help us end discrimination in child welfare!
There are hundreds of thousands of youth in foster care, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. It’s time to end discrimination in adoption and foster care — starting with the passage of the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act.