There are several ways to bring a child into your home. One of the most common types of adopting is a private adoption or independent adoption. It is primarily seen in newborn and infant adoptions, but is becoming more common in older child adoptions.
Adoptive families who would like to adopt sooner choose private adoption or independent adoption because the wait times are often shorter. In a private adoption, the birth parent(s) voluntarily choose adoption for their child and commonly select the adoptive couple who will become parents to their child.
Private adoption allows for more communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents and often is tied to an open adoption arrangement. This arrangement can be anything from sharing names, letters and photographs, or visits throughout the child’s life.