How long is the wait to adopt a child?

Not as long as you think!

Last year, the average waiting time for our families was about 18 months after completion of the home study.

There are several factors that can impact your total waiting time:


How narrowly you define the child you desire — the greater your flexibility, the larger the pool of potential adoptive placement situations.

Every birthparent has his/her own definition of what makes the perfect family.

Many families have shortened the waiting period by personally locating a birth mother who desires to place her child with them.

Some families wait longer than others. But all parents, once placed, tell us the wait was worth it because their child is the one they were meant to have.