When you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in the U.S., you want to find qualified professionals that you can trust to give you information without pressure. Professionals who will respect your individual needs.

There are so many adoption agencies in the United States, choosing the right one can be confusing.  Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a non-profit, licensed newborn/infant adoption agency that employs the caring, experienced adoption professionals you need.

Whether you have chosen adoption or are considering it as an option, take care when looking at adoption agencies. You need an ethical adoption agency, one that will be honest and caring.

Finding an ethical adoption agency for your baby

We recommend you ask these questions of the adoption agencies you’re considering.

  • Is the adoption agency licensed?

Adoption laws vary from state to state. The organizations that grant licenses have oversight over agencies to be sure laws are followed and a child’s best interests are served. Licensed adoption agencies have to meet requirements set by child welfare and government organizations. 

  • Does the agency acknowledge that birth parents have choices other than adoption?

Ethical adoption agencies acknowledge that expectant parents have other choices as they consider adoption, including parenting and abortion. These agencies will respect the woman’s or couple’s decision-making throughout the process.

  • What’s the process for screening adoptive families?

It’s important to know that your baby is going to a loving home. To be licensed, agencies must thoroughly screen and clear adoptive parents. For example, FIA gets to know all its families personally and makes sure that each family is prepared to adopt. All FIA’s adoptive families are legally approved to adopt a baby, newborn, or infant child within the United States.

  • Is the agency non-profit and tax-exempt?


Ethical adoption agencies are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. This means the agency is not trying to make a profit from the adoption process. The agency must submit proof to the government in order to be granted non-profit, 501(c)3, status.

  • Does the adoption agency offer counseling and legal advice?


Ethical adoption agencies provide pregnant women and couples with counseling by licensed social workers and adoption professionals. They also provide access to free and independent legal advice.

As an individual or couple considering placing your baby with an adoptive family, we treat you with kindness, compassion and dignity while guiding you through the adoption process. We help you make the best decision for you and for your child.

Adoption is a voluntary process, one that should be free from pressure by the agency. Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency that’s provided ethical adoption services for more than 40 years!

Contact FIA 24/7

1-800-98-ADOPT – The staff at Friends in Adoption (FIA) cares. You can reach us as a resource and we are here to listen and provide information. Call 1-800-982-3678 or e-mail us.

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Pregnancy Options

If you are pregnant and considering adoption as one of your options, Friends in Adoption can help you learn about adoption if that feels right for you and your child.

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Post-Adoption Services

Adoption does not end with the birth and placement of an infant or child. It is a lifelong process based on trust, honesty and mutual responsibility — placing the needs of each child as central. FIA provides ongoing post-adoption support for birth and adoptive families.

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All Children – All Families

Friends in Adoption is a recognized Leader in supporting and serving LGBT Families. Presented by HRC’s All Children – All Families.

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