Saturday, October 3, 2009

Opportunity for African American Placements

Our birth mother program is compromised of women from all over the United States of varying ethnic and racial backgrounds. In our program approximately half of our birth mothers are living in our Utah program and half across the country.

Of late a certain segment of our placements are stretching the limits of our capacity. This segment is the African American placement and we are finding that each adoption case is becoming what we term as an "Outreach" probably 75% of the time.

"Outreach" is defined by our agency as any situation where by we must look outside of our active and pending adoptive family pool for a suitable placement option. In the summer of "09" I have personally worked on 10 different outreach cases for our African American birth mother pool.

These cases are limiting to many adoptive families because they are for the most part a fixed fee and can incorporate out of state legal fees and medical fees on top of our agency fee. Fees can range anywhere from approx $22,000 to $30,000 depending on the case. For that reason "outreach is not for every family.

Because of that our African American birth mothers are receiving one to four profiles before making a decision. So for families interested in these opportunities there is a high chance of not only being considered by birth mothers but also of being selected. I have had five families that have contacted me this summer and early fall matched with a birth mother in most cases within 96 hours.

For those who can consider these birth mothers it is a great option. If you'd like to learn more about our outreach program contact Dave Williams @ 801-473-9350

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