How long does it take to adopt a child

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains what the usual wait time for perspective parents is in a domestic, open adoption
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How long does it take to adopt a child

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The average wait time for perspective parents, in domestic adoptions, is about 6-18 months. Each professional will quote you somewhere around there, but it may vary a bit. The misnomer that it takes many, many years to adopt and it will never happen or that domestic adoption is impossible these days, it really is not the case anymore. Domestic adoption is very much a viable reality.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains what the usual wait time for perspective parents is in a domestic, open adoption

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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