Is PCAA an agency?
No. PCAA is not an agency, but rather a law firm that can help you with your entire adoption process. We will refer you to home study and adoption service providers for aspects of adoption that need to be handled by a social worker or other professional.
How much will adoption cost?
Working with an adoption attorney directly, rather than an agency, can help to keeps adoption costs low. There are some expenses you should anticipate, including: expectant mother expenses, home study (both pre and post placement) fees, legal fees, and other court costs.
What is a home study?
In order to adopt a child, all prospective parents must obtain a home study. A licensed social worker will write a report based on your life, relationship, and home to ensure that you are able to provide a safe, loving environment for a child. The home study allows the court to screen prospective parents to ensure the happiness and safety of children being placed for adoption.
How will I find an expectant mother wanting to place her child?
This can seem very overwhelming! We work hard to network with local adoption professionals, adoption service providers, and crisis pregnancy centers who send adoption referrals to our office. Hiring an adoption attorney, rather than signing up with an agency, often means that you will need to do some networking of your own. We encourage you to let your family, friends, and community know that you are hoping to adopt. We are here to help every step of the way!
Should we have an open or closed adoption?
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether an open or closed adoption is right for your family. Today, most private adoptions are at least somewhat open, even if that just means the exchange of pictures and information. Many expectant mothers are more comfortable with some level of openness that allows them to check in on the well being of the child. It is important to remember that whatever you decide is best for your family will be incorporated into a post-adoption contact agreement, laying out the terms you and the expectant mother have agreed upon.