THE ADOPTION PROCESS
When you adopt an African-American or biracial child, the same laws and methods apply as with any other adoption. The only difference is the time frame for finding a child-about three to six months. If you want to adopt an infant, it is best to contact several agencies and private attorneys who are permitted to do direct placements. If you have your heart set on a newborn baby, you should plan to wait three to six months, although most couples who are serious about adopting don't wait that long. If you are an African-American or interracial couple, you may not wait long at all before the attorney or agency calls to tell you that a child is ready to be placed.
The materials for this course have been reprinted with permission from the book The Complete Adoption Book, Third Edition, Copyright © 2005, 2000, 1997, by Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond W. Godwin. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Media, Inc. Co. All rights reserved. The complete book is available at bookstores on and offline.