Those wishing to adopt soon discover that it’s a journey with many routes to what often seems like a distant destination. Two of the most common types of adoption are agency adoption and direct placement adoption, also known as “private” or “independent” adoption. While there is a common thread of procedure for all adoptions, both domestic and international, these paths have several differences. It is helpful to better understand these differences before deciding on the direction that’s right for you. Knowing the differences brings courage in the adoption process.