If you are considering adoption in Marin County, California you are probably like most everyone else who is considering adoption and are a little (if not significantly) unsure about how to begin. This is normal. You probably have concerns and questions which may include some of the following:
Wait times, how long is the process from start to finish?
How much will it cost?
What is the success rate? Do adoptions regularly go through or does one party or another pull out frequently?
Will race, age, and gender preferences affect the likelihood of finding a child?
How much paper work is involved?
Will the child have special needs or other health concerns?
These, and many others, are all very real and legitimate concerns and all need to be addressed and answered in a straightforward professional manner. This is why it is important to find an Adoption Agency in Marine County that you can trust to get you the answers you need. Here is a list of some Local Adoption Agencies in Marine County that can help you get started and guide you through the process from start to finish. Make sure you visit multiple agencies in person before you decide on one and don’t be afraid to switch agencies if you feel uncomfortable with your first choice.
Marin County Human Services Agency
3250 Kerner Boulevard
San Rafael, 94903
This is a full service adoption agency located in Marin County seat of San Rafael. This would be a great place to start. It has many resources and direct government support. Even if you decide not to go through the county office its resources and information is invaluable.
Cooperative Adoption Consulting
54 Wellington Avenue, San Anselmo, CA
This is an Open Adoption Facilitator. Typically you give them your information and they try to match you with birthmothers who are seeking to place their baby in an open adoption. They have a great track record and strive to make sure that the best happens for all parties involved.
A Better Way Inc.
3200 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA
This is agency specializes in foster care to adoption programs. Meaning that typically, but not always, you will become a foster care provider first and then move towards adoption. This is a great option if you are still unsure about adoption but are ready to do something more than just think about it.
Independent Adoption Center
391 Taylor Boulevard, Pleasant Hill CA
This is an Open Adoption Agency founded in 1982. It has helped place over 4,000 newborns since its founding. It is a national company and has many valuable resources and tools to help your adoption go smoothly.
These are just a few of the many adoption agencies available to residents of Marin County. They were selected do to their proximity to the Marin County area; there are many great agencies in the San Francisco Area and Sacramento areas. Don’t be afraid to drive a little to find the agency that fits you and your families needs.
California Association of Adoption Agencies (CAAA), www.california-adoption.org
Independent Adoption Center, www.adoptionhelp.org
A Better Way, Inc. www.abetterwayinc.net