Local Adoption Agencies vs. National Adoption Agencies: The Benefits of Choosing Local 

By Elle Kerrigan

If you are a mother researching adoption, it is likely you have come across both local and national adoption agencies. There is a lot of information online regarding adoption, and on top of the decision itself, the details can be stressful. Here at Adoption Choices of Nevada, we are a local adoption agency that has been helping families pursue adoption in and around Las Vegas since 2008. We are a team of passionate specialists with experience in various adoption situations. We know there is a lot to consider during this time, and we want to make this easier for you. Understanding the ins and outs of the adoption world can help you make a more informed decision regarding your family. Our goal at Adoption Choices of Nevada is to make that information available to you and to make the adoption process less overwhelming. 

What is a local adoption agency?

A local adoption agency is an agency that only serves a small area, typically by state or region. We are available to all Nevada residents at Adoption Choices of Nevada, but our physical locations are in Las Vegas and Reno. So not only can you contact us by phone or e-mail, but you may also visit us in person as a Nevada resident. Most local agencies are licensed by the state where they are located. Even though they are smaller, local agencies provide a wide array of services to birth mothers and waiting families. These include: helping you create an adoption plan, matching you with a waiting family, and providing emotional and financial support and educational resources. The majority of local adoption agencies are non-profit, like us. 

What is a national adoption agency?

National adoption agencies work on a larger scale. Instead of providing adoption services for one state or region, they provide support to the entire country. This means they are a larger agency in general with a bigger staff and many resources. National agencies provide the same resources that are available locally. It is possible that a national agency will have more waiting couples to choose from, as families from all across the country can work with them. With local adoption agencies, you will only see local adoptive families in the waiting profiles. You can work with a national adoption agency from anywhere in the United States. 

The benefits of choosing a local adoption agency

There are many benefits of choosing local. First, local adoption agency fees are typically less expensive. You may be wondering, “do I get paid for putting my baby up for adoption?” While the answer is no, you do not necessarily get paid, you may qualify to receive financial assistance through our agency. With the lower adoption fees, choosing local may be the best financial decision for you and your baby. 

Another benefit of working with an agency like Adoption Choices of Nevada as a Nevada resident is the ability to meet in person. Since we have locations in both Reno and Las Vegas, you can come in any time to speak with your specialist or participate in a support group. Also, since all the waiting families are local, this gives you the opportunity to meet a prospective family before choosing them. It may help you feel calmer meeting the family face-to-face, seeing their home, and making that connection. You will be sure your baby is in safe hands, and this may overall be more convenient. 

Finally, as a small adoption agency, our specialists have smaller caseloads than those at a national level. This means our trained specialists can really focus on you and your needs. You will be sure to always get a thoughtful response from your assigned counselor. The specialist assigned to your case will get to know you and the details of your adoption very well, so you can have a trusted resource during a stressful time. Additionally, local agencies know the state procedures extremely well. In our case, adoption in Las Vegas and its surrounding areas is all we do, so we know the ins and outs of Nevada state laws and regulations regarding the process.  

Choosing Adoption is Not Giving Up

While “giving a baby up for adoption” is not giving up, it can be a difficult time. Between making decisions, figuring out the details, and experiencing pregnancy, stress can build up. That’s why it helps to work with an experienced agency like Adoption Choices of Nevada. We are non-affiliated and welcome birth mothers and prospective families from all backgrounds.

Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno)