An adoption facilitator is neither a licensed attorney nor adoption agency. However, adoption facilitators often help match prospective parents with a birth mother looking to place. Often, these individuals are not paid for this "service" but there are a few exceptions in states that have not made it illegal to do so without attention to the state laws for facilitating adoption. Generally speaking, though, facilitated placements occur more quickly than those handled by ........
Because facilitators are not licensed, birth mothers and prospective parents shouldn't hesitate to ask a potential facilitator questions about his or her experience with adoption placements or do some independent research of their own. The Better Business Bureau should have a profile for facilitators who have been in the business for a while. Also, using facilitators that other members of the adoption community may suggest is also a good resource for trusted references.
As a precaution, because facilitators are not ....
(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Facilitators: Individuals that are not licensed as adoption agencies or licensed as attorneys, and who are engaged in the matching of birth parents with adoptive parents are referred to generally as Adoption Facilitators. The use of unpaid Adoption Facilitators has been permissible in almost every... [more
Michigan Adoption Laws
Access to Adoption Records Who May Access Information Citation: Comp. Laws § 710.68 Nonidentifying information may be provided to:The adult adoptee The adoptive parents Birth parents and adult birth siblings Identifying information may accessed by any of the persons listed above... Ellen's Story by her Birthfather and Adoptive Dad
Ellen's Birthfather Writes Names have been changed to protect identities I met Donna one night when we were both at a club listening to a band. I'm a rock musician, and I love music. I liked her and she liked me; but after three dates, I realized that her life-style turned me off. I had no plans... Michigan
Michigan Who may adopt? Any person. A husband and wife jointly Consent for adoption to be executed? Consent may not be executed until after an investigation and a judge has explained their rights to the parents. At the mother's request, her consent shall be delayed until the court... Obtaining Background Information on Your Prospective Adopted Child: A Fact Sheet for Families
Why is background information important? In any type of adoption (agency or independent, domestic or intercountry), involving children of any age, it is important to obtain as much thorough and accurate medical, genetic, and social history information as you can about your prospective child....
Independent/Private Domestic Adoption
January 23, 2013, 12:05 pm
When we began our adoption journey, we went to the standard agency orientations where we were told about their international and domestic adoption programs. We learned about their fee schedules, their wait times, their requirements as well as the requirements of specific countries, the homestudy... Red Flags
January 16, 2011, 1:50 pm
Adoption is a fantastic way to build your family but even the most intelligent people, including you, can lose IQ points when entering into the adoption world. Your dream to adopt a child may cloud your thoughts, causing you to forget common sense. And, you may find yourself agreeing to anything... Homestudy Got Your Knees Shaking?
October 8, 2011, 6:38 am
One of the things prospective adoptive parents fear most is the homestudy. Technically, the homestudy is the entire process of adoption readiness including:
Health history and "well" checks
Training and education
Criminal background checks...
Practicing Caution in Adoption
Last year, the story of our traumatic decision to find a guardian family for our daughter was sensationalized by the media, painting us as giving away our child. What really happened was that we... Ellen's Story by her Birthfather and Adoptive Dad
Ellen's Birthfather WritesNames have been changed to protect identitiesI met Donna one night when we were both at a club listening to a band. I'm a rock musician, and I love music. I liked her and...