Many first-time adoptive parents choose to go with an adoption agency. Although more expensive, choosing agency adoption offers comfort as the adoptive couple can rely on the agency for all aspects of the adoption. Those more seasoned in adoptions may know the process well enough to navigate a private adoption and to gather professionals to help them along. When choosing private, or “independent,” adoption, it is essential to secure the services of an attorney who is well-versed in adoption. A good adoption attorney will be able to help the adoptive couple recognize red flags as well as navigate the adoption process. For those who are comfortable with independent adoption, it can be a much less expensive road to growing a family than going with an agency.