I receive many calls from folks who want to adopt, but don’t know where to start. Many couples have good intentions, but they may not have the knowledge in order to find an infant to adopt. Every state’s adoption laws are different, however, if you want a newborn, you will need to look beyond the borders of the State in which you live. First, you will need an ICPC (Interstate Compact on Placement of Children) home study performed by either a licensed child-placing agency, or a licensed social worker. It is an extremely comprehensive review of your living situation, financial & criminal background (if any), and your ability to care for a child or children. Be sure and tell your OB/GYN about your desire to adopt if you are wanting a newborn. I always advise folks to tell everyone they know that they want an infant to adopt. Then ask those folks to tell everyone THEY know and continue on through your friend/family connections. Many babies are placed because someone’s cousin’s hairdresser’s daughter’s best friend had an unexpected pregnancy! If you are successful in spreading the word, within weeks several thousand people will know of your desire to adopt! However, please be aware that in Georgia (other states are different – please consult an adoption attorney in your state), it is illegal to advertise for a child to adopt, and furthermore, it is illegal to offer anything of value to a biological mother in exchange for placement of a child with you. Again, other states are different in their laws. Some folks sign up with an agency, which is great, but be sure that they will look beyond your state’s borders in their search for a match between you and a birth mom. Always remember that your local Family & Children’s services are in desperate need of foster families, and many people go on to adopt their foster children. Keep in mind that the end goal of the Family & Children’s Services is to reunite the biological family, but that is not always possible. The main thing is — keep trying!  ****Please be advised that nothing in this Facebook post constitutes an attorney-client relationship between you and the attorney. Also, please be advised that every State’s adoption laws are different, and I am licensed to practice only in Georgia. Never substitute a Facebook post for a consultation with an attorney in your area. Always consult with an attorney who limits their practice to adoption law, or where the bulk of their practice includes adoption law. Family law is NOT always adoption law. ****