How to Start an Adoption Referral Agency

Adoption can be beneficial because it brings children to families where they will be loved and cared for just like a biological child. Many people are touched by the adoption process even if they were not personally adopted. If you want to connect people who want children with children who need parents, then starting an adoption referral agency may benefit you. To do this, it may take a lot of hard work and dedication, especially since there are numerous rules and regulations to adhere to. Follow the steps below to learn how to start an adoption referral agency.


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    Become involved with the adoption community and process. Before you can run your own adoption agency, you should first work with one in some capacity. You can opt to volunteer, intern, or become a paid employee at a local agency. This will give you a firsthand look at what is involved and help you decide if you really have what it takes. For an extra boost in experience and credibility, attend a local university to earn your degree in social services.
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    Contact your state agency to determine what your state's specific guidelines are. Depending on where you live, the rules and regulations surrounding opening an adoption agency will vary. In the United States, the Secretary of State will be able to inform you what you need.
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    Determine the type of adoption agency you want to run. You can choose to focus on domestic adoptions, international adoptions, or a combination. The costs and steps you need to establish the adoption agency will vary depending on the type of agency you set up.
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    Calculate the amount of start-up capital you need to open the adoption agency. Consider the office space and supplies, computer, and Internet connection as well as necessary permits and licensing needed to become legal.
    • The computer and Internet connection can help you to advertise your business and to connect with families who are looking to adopt. You can also network with medical facilities and social services to locate children in need of adoption.
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    Connect with people you will need to help you run the adoption agency smoothly. You will need employees and a lawyer to help you with legal aspects. You should also have a social worker on your staff to help with other issues you may not be qualified to address on your own. Connect with people who may know of others wishing to place their child up for adoption as well as people who want to adopt children.
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    Determine the fees you will charge the couples who are looking to adopt. What fees are you charged to help facilitate the adoption process? What fees do you have to pay to run your business? Factor in your building rent, utilities, employee wages, and legal-staff fees. Charge each couple enough to cover a portion of your expenses with enough to produce a bit of profit.
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    Market your adoption agency referral business through various mediums. Reach out to adoption communities online to market your services. Look into adoption-specific newspapers and magazines. Contact your local department of social services to alert them of your adoption services and offer to help wherever possible.

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