Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year (2018-19 edition)

Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year (2018-19 edition)

by Randall Hicks


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Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within One Year (2018-19 edition) by Randall Hicks

Adopting in America is two books in one. Written by a leading adoption attorney, it provides all the information that prospective adoptive parents need to succeed in their quest to adopt quickly, safely, ethically and economically.

The first half of the book is a detailed and insightful review of independent, agency and intercountry adoption, including how to work with adoption exchanges in the adoption of waiting children. For those seeking to adopt a newborn, unique strategies are offered regarding how successfully network to be selected by a birth mother, as used by one of the nation's leading adoption attorneys. There is also detailed guidance on selecting the right agency or attorney, including dozens of recommended questions to ask to test their knowledge and ability.

The second half of the book is a state-by-state review of each state's unique adoption laws (when can the birth mother sign her consent, how long does she have to change her mind, what are the birth father's rights, is it permitted to assist with pregnancy-related expenses, is a pre-placement home study required in an independent adoption, can non-residents adopt, and more). The website of each state's adoption office and adoption registry is provided, as well as biographies of each member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys within each state. Appendices provide key information about adoption organizations and resources. Fully indexed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983942542
Publisher: WordSlinger Press
Publication date: 01/19/2018
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 466,777
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Randall Hicks has over 30 years as an experience as an adoption attorney, creating adoptive matches via independent, agency and intercountry adoption. He and his books have been featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Sally Jessy Raphael, Mike & Maty, John and Leeza from Hollywood, The Home and Family Show, and in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times and more. He was the host of the 1991 PBS educational series, Adoption Forum.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


  1. Are You Ready to Adopt?
  2. The Fifteen—Yes Fifteen!—Types of Adoption
  3. Independent Adoption
  4. Selecting the Right Attorney
  5. Agency Adoption & Adoption Exchanges
  6. Selecting the Right Agency
  7. Intercountry Adoption
  8. Strategies to Find a Baby to Adopt
  9. The Power of Three
  10. Red Flags to a Risky Adoption
  11. Working with the Doctor and Hospital
  12. Legal Issues Step-by-Step.
  13. Finalizing the Adoption and Post-Birth Issues
  14. Surrogacy & Assisted Reproductive Technology
  15. State-by-State Legal Review


  1. National and Regional Adoption Exchanges
  2. Helpful Organizations and Websites
  3. Sample Photo Resume Letter
  4. Sample “Traditional” Networking Cover Letter
  5. Sample “Personal” Networking Cover Letter


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