Our Guiding Principles

AdoptMatch believes adoption
works best when there is...

01. SEPARATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS

This means that an expectant mother is represented by her own attorney (at no cost to her) as soon as possible after the match is made, unless she refuses in writing.

02. A WRITTEN POST-ADOPTION CONTACT AGREEMENT

This means that the expectant mother and adoptive parents reach a mutual understanding and agreement about how and when contact with the child will take place. The agreement should be in writing, regardless of whether it is enforceable or unenforceable in the state where the adoption is finalized. Whenever allowed, the Post-Adoption Contact Agreement should be filed with the court.

03. QUALITY POST-ADOPTION SUPPORT FOR THE BIRTH MOTHER

Every birth mother should be offered the post-placement support she needs and wants, including a reasonable amount of counseling sessions with a licensed, adoption-competent therapist of her choosing.

04. ADOPTION PROFESSIONALS CHARGE REASONABLE, NON-EXCESSIVE FEES

Adoption agencies and attorneys should be reasonably compensated for the important services they provide, but should not charge excessive “matching fees” or flat fees for services they do not actually render.