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Pre-Adoptive Parents

Considering Adoption? We Can Help.

NCFA provides prospective adoptive parents with accurate, reliable, expert-based information about adoption to help you make the next decision that is right for you. We offer trusted guidance and support to navigate the adoption process, and prepare for the unique joys and challenges of becoming an adoptive family.

Considering Adoption After Infertility

We know that your path to considering adoption was not easy. Every person's experience with infertility is unique, but you always deserve respect, care, and compassion. As a trusted resource on adoption, we can provide you with accurate, comprehensive information, tailored to your needs and perspective as a person who has already walked a difficult road towards starting or growing your family. NCFA is here to help you make a well-informed decision about adoption for your family.

Go to our Guide to Adoption After Infertility

Find an Agency or Attorney

Search NCFA's Member Directory to find an adoption professional to assist you with a range of services including homestudies, placement services, expectant parent counseling, birthparent support, legal services, search and reunion guidance, post adoption support, and much more.

Pursuing International Adoption? Agency requirements are different than domestic adoptions. Before searching the Directory, learn more by clicking here.

Not sure which one you need? Click here to find out.

We're with you

Adoption is beautiful, but we understand it’s also complex. It means trauma and healing, hurt and compassion, heartbreak and hope -- all side by side. Since 1980, we’ve been working in the adoption community to not only advocate for children in need of a nurturing, permanent family but also equip families built through adoption and foster care with the resources to thrive. We bring together expert resources in fields like attachment theory, the legal process of adoption, trauma-informed parenting, and more so that adoptive parents, and their children, feel supported every step of the way.

Research and Advocacy for Adoptive Parents

Adoption by the Numbers

NCFA is the only organization that provides a national and state-by-state count of the number of public and private adoptions. Check out the 2019 and 2020 numbers.

Profiles in Adoption

What are adoptive parents and families like? How has that changed over time? What can we learn from their experiences in the process and as adoptive parents? In the largest national survey of adoptive parents to date, NCFA answers these and many other key questions.

Adoption Advocacy

Need assistance with your adoption case? Want to bring about change in adoption policies and improve adoption laws at the federal level? We have advocacy resources at your fingertips.