Domestic Adoption Program Overview
Our domestic adoption program is one of the greatest strengths of Premier Adoption Agency. We believe that every child is of infinite worth, and that birth mothers provide a priceless gift in offering their baby to a wonderful family. We honor each birth mother for her incredible sacrifice. Other agencies may offer discounted fees to families who adopt children with special needs, or children who are not of the adoptive parents racial background. We are proud to offer the same low fees for every adoption, recognizing that all human life is infinitely valuable.
Premier Adoption Agency’s commitment to all partners in the adoption triad, including the child, the birth mother and the adoptive parents, brings about some added benefits to each adopting family.
Our special approach of assessment and counseling with each birth mother reduces the risk of failed placement.
Adoptive families are presented with all known medical, social and financial information about any case before making a decision to proceed.
Your confidentiality is securely guarded.
Our comprehensive outreach program brings in a fairly good cross section of all races and socio-economic backgrounds.
Our counseling and assistance to birth mothers, including housing if necessary, medical care, and life planning and development mean a healthier birthmother and a healthier child for each adoptive family.
Who Can Adopt?
Married couples and single men and women may adopt. Generally there are no age restrictions. Please ask if you have any concerns.
Primarily newborns. Ask if you are interested in adopting an older child.
How long Does It Take To Receive A Child?
Because we allow each birth mother to select the adopting family, nobody can predict exactly when matching will occur. We also have found no rule that universally applies to what attributes birth parents are looking for (i.e.: age, number of children, ethnicity, external appearances, socio-economic standing, religion, etc.). Your child will come from a birth mother who can envision her child being raised in your family.
After receiving your application fee ($450) we will assist you in making preparations to begin your homestudy . If your homestudy has already been completed by another agency we will review it and request accompanying documentation for your file. We will also assist you in putting together a family profile book to be shown to potential birth parents.
Premier Adoption Agency is very excited to announce that as of Fall 2014 our matching process has changed to present to our waiting families information on EVERY birth parent we are currently matching. Registered families now have the option to determine whether or not to enter the matching pool of families being presented to a birth parent. This change will allow our waiting families greater transparency as well as greater flexibility to determine for themselves whether or not to be presented to a specific birth parent for consideration. All information on our birth parents is password protected for confidentiality and privacy. Please do not share your password as it is reserved only for Premier’s registered families. If you would like to be a registered family click here.
The process is very simple. Once you become a registered family with Premier you are given a password to access information contained on the Adoption Situations page. We suggest you bookmark it and visit often to review all new posts as registered families are not notified when a new situation is posted.
After reading over the information contained in the posting you indicate whether or not you wish for your profile to be presented by entering your name, email address, and clicking “Consider My Profile”. You will then receive an email inviting you to attend a conference call with the birth parent caseworker who can answer specific questions regarding the situation you are interested in. All interested families have the opportunity to be on this call. A moderator is used so that all questions are answered. These calls will be recorded and posted as a replay if you are unable to be on the call.
Please note the date that a situation is expiring. After this expiration, the link goes inactive and no additional profiles will be accepted for review. The situation will be reopened if the birth parents do not make a selection from the initial group of profiles shown and we are seeking more families for consideration. You will know that a situation has been reopened because the link is again active.
You will be notified that you have been selected by the birth parent(s) by phone along with a follow up email with instructions as to how to proceed. If your family is not selected you will be notified by email. If you are selected, you will be given all available medical records and any other information to assist you in moving forward. We will also help facilitate any phone communication or face to face meetings should both parties desire.
Once you accept an adoption referral you are considered officially “matched”. You will pay the file activation/matching fee ($3,500) and reimburse the agency for prior expenses for the birth parents and commit to continued financial support to term. Once a birth mother/family match is made we continue to facilitate communication needs and requests while waiting for the baby to be born. The hopsital plan and birth may or may not involve the adopting family. After birth there is a mandatory waiting period to sign relinquishment of parental rights. In Utah it is 24 hours, Arizona is 72 hours, and Nevada is 72 hours. What happens during relinquishment and hospital time is usually dictated by the birth parents birth plan. This birth plan is put together by the birthparents several weeks prior to delivery with the assistance of their adoption case worker. You will receive a copy of this plan to prepare for placement.
If interstate travel is required, plan on a ten day trip to complete all necessary paperwork (ICPC). If the baby was born in the adopting family’s home state, ICPC is not necessary and the family can return home immediately after the relinquishment documents are signed and the baby is released from the hospital.
Finalization of the adoption varies depending on your state of residence but usually consists of hiring an attorney who submits post-placement supervisory visits and adoption paperwork to your local courts. In the states of Utah and Nevada non-residents are able to finalize their adoption if they so choose. If they are placed with a child in the state of Arizona the adopting family must finalize the adoption in their home state.
Total agency fees- $15,000 to $25,000 (D.O.I)* Birth mother expenses vary (a rough average might be around $8,500). In addition, families are required to pay for pre- and post-placement supervisory, legal expenses and travel expenses (if applicable).
Application Fee – Paid upon submission of Application for Services…………..…..$450
Matching Fee – Paid upon accepting the match with the birth parent(s)………….$3,500
Placement Fee – Sliding scale based upon gross income. It is paid four weeks prior to due date and held in escrow until birth mother signs relinquishment documents. See our sliding scale below.
Birth Mother Expenses – Amount determined on a case by case basis.
Fee for each additional child adopted at the same time from the same location: $3,500
Please send all adoption related documents to our Mesquite address:
Premier Adoption Agency
840 Pinnacle Court, Suite 9-A
Mesquite, NV 89027