In most cases, lawyers and facilitators have very limited training, (if any), in pregnancy counseling, or therapy. In addition, a lawyer or facilitator doesn’t provide the post-placement oversight to make sure that the adoptive family is completing all of their responsibilities, because the lawyer or facilitator doesn’t take legal custody of the baby at placement, the way a licensed child placing agency does.
Adoptive Parent Journey
Why is it important to use a licensed child placing agency, instead of a lawyer, or facilitator?
Licensed child placing agencies provide birth parent counseling as needed, and hire trained social workers and therapist to help you through this emotional period. They also make sure that the adoptive family meets a higher standard than the law requires. This gives you greater assurance that your baby will get the highest level of love, and care. Licensed child placing agencies must have their license renewed every year, so you know that the state is checking up on them. The child placing agency also requires that the adoptive family completes all of the post-placement requirements, such as well-baby doctor visits. The licensed child placing agency doesn’t allow the adoptive family to finalize the adoption until all of their obligations have been fulfilled, so you know your baby is getting everything they deserve.