Agency Searches

March 28th, 2006

Some adoption agencies are now offering “post-adoption services”. In some cases, this includes searches. Here are a few facts to remember about agency searches:  Depending on state law, searches may only be offered on the behalf of the adoptee. However, some states and/or agencies will provide searches for birth or adoptive parents, siblings and/or other birth relatives.  All the agencies that I have found that offer searches charge a fee for this service. Some may provide special hardship waivers, however, I imagine that waiving the search fees is highly unusual. The search fees vary; however, they tend to run as high as $525 or more.  Agencies are able to initiate searches only in those states that allow them to do… [more]