If you are looking for adoption agencies in Utah, you’ve come to the right place. We are going to explore adoption agencies in Utah, as well as additional information that will help you along the way. So, what exactly is an adoption agency and what are they used for? Let’s take a look at this definition below.

Adoption agencies are often private organizations that can be an all-in-one option for hopeful adoptive parents. They often have social workers, facilitators, counselors, and more available to help you on your adoption journey. However, their fees can be higher because they are a private organization. Since adoption agencies are private, they can also decide what kind of parents they will help (sexual orientation, religion, marital status, etc).

“Agencies also have the resources to walk you through every step. They often provide counseling for you and the potential birth parents. You will likely have to go through some kind of education and training to become adoptive parents. However, most agencies will have you responsible for paying the attorney fees to finalize the adoption.”

This excellent description regarding adoption agencies is provided to us by Adoption.org in this article titled, “How To Adopt A Baby In The US: 17 Things To Know.”

Before exploring adoption agencies in Utah, it is best to know all the information that you possibly can regarding adoption. The more you educate yourself about adoption and its processes, the greater your experiences will be on this journey.

The adoption community provides an outstanding support system for all parts of the adoption triad, and I encourage you to become a part of it. In the informational article listed above, you will find 17 things to know about adopting a baby in the United States, just as the title suggests. Also included in this link are over 100 additional resources that pertain to the topics that are discussed. This is a great example of what the adoption community is all about—helping each other through our similar experiences in adoption plans. Here is a quick look at what topics are covered in this article that is mentioned above:

1. What is Domestic Infant Adoption?
2. What Grief and Infertility Have to Do With Adoption
3. The Paperwork You Need To Know About
4. Choosing An Adoption Professional
5. Home Study
6. Types of Adoption (Open v. Closed)
7. Adoption Requires Soul Searching
8. Managing The Stress That Comes [with an] Adoption Journey
9. Affording Adoption
10. Having An Online Profile
11. Networking, Marketing, Advertising, Oh My
12. Connecting with Potential Birth Parents
13. Legal Rights of Potential Birth Parents
14. The Big Day & Planning
15. Failed Adoption Placements
16. Finalization
17. Parenting and Beyond

What a great place to start in order to gain additional knowledge and resources on your adoption journey! One of the most important things to remember in regards to adoption information is that all adoption laws, regulations, and processes are unique to each state. Because of this, it is important to make sure that you are receiving the proper adoption information directly related to the state of Utah. Let’s take a look at these Utah-specific regulations and resources.

Utah Adoption

Fortunately, Adoption.com provides a few helpful resources that are specific to the state of Utah. These resources provide most of the information you need to know regarding adoption in Utah and should be reviewed even before your search for adoption agencies in Utah. Prior to reaching out the professional help for your adoption, it’s best to already review the bulk of information that is out there so that you can be one step ahead. I have included all of these resources below for you to get started.

Adoption in Utah

Here you will find information regarding all of the following adoptions in Utah: domestic infant adoptions, international adoptions, and foster care adoptions. You will also find additional links to other Utah-specific resources such as parent profiles in Utah, Utah adoption laws, discussions in Utah forums, Utah photolistings, Utah reunion registries, and reunion forums. There is also a display of answers to commonly asked questions surrounding Utah adoption such as the questions listed below.

–       Can I Adopt in Utah?

–       What Adoption Regulations Exist in Utah?

–       Is Adoption Assistance Available in Utah?

–       Can I adopt a Child from another country?

–       State Contact information

Utah Adoption Guide

Here you will find “everything you need to know about adoption in Utah,” just as it says in its subtitle. Again, exploring this information that directly relates to Utah adoption will strengthen your overall knowledge on the processes which will then help you even before beginning your search through adoption agencies in Utah. This resource available for you has a wide variety of information covering Utah adoption statistics, support systems and services, agreements, and finalizations. It also includes the most basic adoption requirements in the state of Utah which is listed in the following below.

–       “Age: Must be 18 years or older

–       “Marital Status: Can be married, single, widowed, or divorced; but cannot be unmarried cohabitants

–       “Finances: Can have either a small or large income, must be able to provide for the child.

–       “Housing: You don’t need to have your own home to adopt in Utah, you just need enough space for the child

–       “Work: You can work outside the home and still adopt in Utah

–       “Disqualifying crimes: There are no specific disqualifying crimes in Utah, but you must successfully pass a background check with your home study.”

Adoption in Utah   

This is yet another resourceful article that strictly details adoption in Utah and its guidelines. Here you will find state-specific answers to many additional commonly asked questions about adoption in Utah. This article also goes into further detail about home studies and how they may vary between different agencies and the type of adoption. It states that the home study process will possibly include some or all of the following, which I’ve listed below.

–       “A series of individual and/or joint interviews with each prospective parent in the home.

–       “A visit to your home to ensure you offer a safe environment and meet state licensing standards.

–       “Medical reports from your physician.

–       “Proof of employment/ability to financially support a child.

–       “Checks for any criminal record, including the state child abuse registry.

–       “References from friends and associates.

–       “Autobiographical statements.

–       “Psychological evaluation (this is usually only required if the applicant has a mental illness).

–       “A family picture book or video to present to the birth mother, waiting child, or overseas agency.”

Finally, before you choose an adoption agency in Utah, you want to make sure you choose the right one for you and your family. So how will you know which one is right for you? Adoption processes can be overwhelming enough for families, so working with the right agency can be extremely beneficial. Knowing what to look for ahead of time will help you with deciding with a great adoption agency. Knowing ahead of time what questions to ask an adoption agency will allow you to cover all the bases early and avoid unexpected surprises later on.

The article, “How Do I Know If I Chose the Right Adoption Agency?” could help you before your search. Jeanette Green, the author, wrote about choosing the correct adoption agency for you, and how to know it’s a great match. She included that she started researching adoption agencies ahead of time through social media. She concluded that social media groups helped answer many questions about all of the different adoption agencies available.

People usually refer others to use an adoption agency they’ve used and have been successful with. On the contrary, if someone had a less-than-good experience with an adoption agency, it usually is shared with others. Green broke down four points of concern while searching for an adoption agency to keep in mind. These four points are budget, ethics, equality in care, and reputation.

These four points helped her overall search through adoption agencies for many reasons. The budget aspect is important because financing an adoption could be an important factor to your family through this journey. Ethics of an adoption agency are important because you want to make sure that you choose an honest and highly skilled professional adoption agency so that you are provided with the best experience. Equality of care was important in her decision because she believed a lot of adoption agencies cared more about adoptive parents than the birth parents, and this spoke to her about the morality of the adoption agencies. She wanted to work with an adoption agency that cared equally about all parts of the adoption triad. A good reputation was also important in choosing an adoption agency for many reasons.

Keep all of this in mind throughout your journey, and I wish the best of luck to you!

Visit Adoption.com’s photolisting page for children who are ready and waiting to find their forever families. For adoptive parents, please visit our Parent Profiles page where you can create an incredible adoption profile and connect directly with potential birth parents.

Are you considering placing a child for adoption? Do you want more choices with your adoption plan? Do you want to regain more control in your life? Visit Adoption.org or call 1-800-ADOPT-98. We can help you put together an adoption plan that best meets your needs.

Originally Posted May 2019