Treatments & Options - Adoption - Success Rates
After doors have closed with infertility, adoption can give you hope of living a life with children of your own. In this section we review some statistics related to adoption.
Waiting for baby
Depending on the type of adoption to choose, and any specifications about the child you wish to adopt, the wait may be long. Newborns typically require the longest waiting period. The wait for an infant can be as long as five years. And because the adoptive parents choose you, there is no way of predicting how long your wait will be.
Most states have waiting periods after the birth of the baby for consent to be given to the adoption. The waiting periods can range from 48 hours to 10 days. Some states allow birth parents a short time after signing the agreement in which to change their minds. Other states make the decision irrevocable at the time of signing. Because the legalities of the process can get pretty complicated, it is a good idea to have your own legal counsel to offer guidance.
International adoptions are less common than domestic adoptions, and account for less than 20 percent of the adoptions in the U.S. International adoptions can be a bit more predictable but still take about a year to finalize. With an international adoption, the adoption is usually finalized before you take the child out of the country.
Adopting a child from a foster care agency may cost you very little, and sometimes nothing at all. Hundreds of thousands of children live in foster care in the US.
Adoption can give you new hope. When infertility has closed the doors of having your own biological child, make a difference in a child’s life and consider adoption.