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Adoption is a life-changing experience for everyone involved. For over 75 years we've brought families together, while supporting the child, birth parents, and adoptive parents along the way.

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Adoption is not a single event

Adoption is a journey, not a single event. Adoption is both a legal and emotional process, as families build bonds of love, commitment, and attachment.

It takes planning to find the path that suits you. It takes preparation to navigate the inevitable twists and turns of parenting. While it’s not always easy, the rewards are great, and you will not be alone.

We’re here to walk with you as you travel toward your ultimate goal of welcoming a child into your family. It will be life-changing for all of you.

Factors to consider for adoption

Consider the Child's Age

Adopting an infant occurs soon after the child is born.

Children in need of adoption internationally range from toddler to pre-teen.

The average age of a child in foster care waiting to be adopted is 7 years old.

Consider the Financial Cost

Foster care adoption offers the lowest cost of adoption.

The middle range is infant adoption.

The highest cost is international adoption.


Consider the Waiting Period

International adoption can take as little as 12–15 months.

Foster care adoption typically takes 18–24 months.

The average time for infant adoption can range from 1–3 years.

Loving a child will change your life

When considering adoption, prospective parents may be looking (consciously or unconsciously) for a child who will “fit” their family. But waiting children in foster care need families who will make room for them and welcome them as they are.

Is my open adoption safe?

Adoptive parents may wonder if it’s safe for their child to have an open relationship with birth parents who have a history of substance use. These questions and tips will help you set boundaries and adjust expectations.

Helping an Ethiopian orphan find a home

When Ethiopian police found young Ajani abandoned, Bethany supporters stepped in to help Maaza adopt him into her home.

Resources you can rely on

You deserve information you can trust. Explore our collection of articles and blogs designed to help you and your family thrive.

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When you’re ready to take the next step, we'll connect you with an adoption specialist in your area. You'll also be emailed a packet of additional information.

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