Hi! My name is Betsy and DH and I are at the very beginning of the infant adoption process. We are looking at domestic newborn adoption at this point. We found an agency we are really impressed with and are signed up for an 8 hour training seminar in a couple weeks. In the meantime, DH's parents talked with someone they know who just used a lawyer and did a private adoption. Can anyone give me the differences between the two options?
Going through a lawyer seems overwhelming at this point. I figure if it's too complicated to buy or sell your own house, it must be too complicated to adopt a baby on your own lol! I'm not sure how we go about finding a birth mother, who pays for medical expenses, etc. with a private adoption. Plus, the agency offers free lifetime counseling for the birth mom and the adopting family. That seems priceless in and of itself.
I'm sure we'll find out more after the agency's seminar, but I thought I would ask input from those of you here who have experience and info to share.