Online Adoption Providers

Binti Homestudy Service Provider
Binti Homestudy Services Completing your adoption home study is an essential part of do-it-yourself adoption. Binti Home Studies has been in business since 2002 and provides Homestudy Services starting at $900. View
My Adoption Forms prpeparation
My Adoption Forms My Adoption Forms has been in business since 2006 and offers online adoption forms services starting at $317 that works with Child Adoption, Step Parent Adoption, Relative Adoption, and Adult Adoption. Included is access to toll-free phone and live chat support. View
Do it yourself Stepparent Adoption Forms
Stepparent Adoption Forms This firm specializes in uncontested domestic Step Parent Adoption and has been in business since 2013. The service starts at $325. Included in the service is access to toll-free phone support as well as a 'money-back guarantee of court approval'. View
IAC Homestudy Services Site
IAC Homestudy Directory Independent Adoption Center (IAC) has been online since 2002 and maintains a directory of homestudy providers for families in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. View
Reliable do-it-yourself Adoption resources
Reliable Adoption Reliable Adoption has been in business since 2008 and offers domestic uncontested Adult, Stepchild, and Child adoption. The service starts at $325 and includes access to phone support as well as a 100% money back guarnatee. View
Rapid Adoption fast-tracked online adoption provider
Rapid Adoption Rapid Adoption has been in business since 2004 and offers a variety of adoption services including child adoption, step parent adoption, and domestic adoption. Services start at #325. Included in the service is a Money Back Guarantee and access to toll-free phone support. View
Dependable Adoption solutions for the diy crowd
Dependable Adoption Dependable Adoption has been online since 2011 and offers domestic uncontested Stepparent Adoption. The service starts at $299 and includes access to phone and email support. View
Do it yourself adoption documents firm
DIY Documents & Independent Paralegals This site offers digital books, do-it-yourself kits, and paralegal services for California, Colorado, Florida, and Washington at prices ranging from $12 to $149. The site has been online since 2001. view



I just want to say that your organization is making a completely overwhelming process so much easier. I was able to get the adoption granted and the judge signed...

Michael's online adoption success story
Michael & Grand Parents
Grand Parent Adoption

Michael, 19, and his younger sister, 15, were adopted by their grand parents, after their birth parents left the country. Michael tells us what he feels about adoption....

Samantha & Brian's do it yorself adoption story
Samantha & Brian
Do-it-Yourself Open Adoption

"Six years on and Samantha talks us through her do-it-yourself adoption journey, tells us about the girls, now aged 7 and 9, and gives us her thoughts on adopting siblings..."

Susan & Jeff
Susan & Jeff
Do-It-Yourself Open Adoption

After years of waiting for the right opportunity, Susan & Jeff were ready to adopt a child they had learned about through their church group. Susan tells her story...

Lane Family
Lane Family
Do-it-yourself child adoption

My second wife and I weren't able to have a child naturally and while we were devoted to each other, we felt there was also room in our lives for children...

Collier Family
Collier Family
Online Step Parent Adoption

Today we had our hearing for a step parent adoption. Our case was unusual in that my wife had adopted our daughter 5 years ago from Canada and now that we are married...

Online Adoption Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the online adoption process?

The online adoption varies depending on the type of adoption, the service provider you select, the state in which you live, and the state or county of residence of the adoptee. Once you choose an online adoption service provider, the provider will walk you through the process. In most cases, paperwork preparation and a homestudy will be necessary.

What is a homestudy?

A homestudy is an in-depth application and interview process with a social worker that involves in-person interviews, reference checks, background checks, and home visits. The study is not standardized and may vary from state to state. The average homestudy usually takes two to four months to complete..

How much does online adoption cost?

It depends on a number of factors, such as type of adoption, the specific provider you choose to work with, the state in which you live, filing fees, and whether or not a homestudy/background check is required. Online adoption can cost $300 to $500, while in contrast adoption through an agency or family lawyer might cost $5,000 to $40,000 or more.

How long does the online adoption process take?

There are many variables that determine how long it will take to complete the online adoption process, such as whether the biological parents can be located, the length of time to complete the homestudy, and the length of time to get a court hearing. On average, the adoption process can take three to twelve months.

How do I know if I can file for adoption on my own?

If you are confident that everyone involved in the adoption will consent (or at least not contest) the adoption, you can represent yourself and file pro-se. To ensure success, you and the adoptee have to be a US citizens. Additionally, to file initially, you have to be a resident of the state for at least 6 months.

Our site offers all the resources you need including adoption forms, do-it-yourself kits, state guidelines, and more.

What to do before and after filing the adoption paperwork?

Learn about state and county residency requirements. In most States, you must be a resident for at least 6 months before filing for adoption. Write down essential personal info (adoptee, the birth parents, and yourself). You will need this and other info for the adoption paperwork. File your adoption paperwork and serve copies to the Birth Parent(s). Get the birth parents and the adoptee (under 18) to sign and therefore consent to the adoption. File everything with your local county court. Pay the filing fee. Await notification of a court hearing date and appear at the hearing. You may be notified of the hearing date by mail or phone. The hearing allows the judge presiding over your case to ask questions (if any) and finalize the adoption.

Who needs to sign the adoption paperworks?

Both the adoptee and natural parents should sign in order to demonstrate complete consent and fast-track the adoption process. However, if the adoptee is an adult, the natural parents' signature is not required. Signature is also not required in cases of child abandonment by the natural parents.

What if I can not locate the natural parents?

Even when you can not locate the adoptee's natural parents, you can often stil file for adoption. You may still need to "serve" the natural parents, but you may do so by "publication" which (assuming they don't respond) will lead to a default judgement in your favor.

What exactly is an Adoption Forms Service?

Typically a collection of independtent paralegals who specialize in uncontested domestic adoption forms preparation. Often a custom set of state/county specific filing instructions is included. Your information is collected via questionaire(s) and using said information the adoption paperwork is completed within 48 hours. Once complete, you can download, review, print, sign, and file said adoption paperwork.

How much is the filing fee for adoption in my state?

It can range from $100 to $250 depending on your state. If you go through an adoption forms service company, the forms and prepearation thereof will be included in the price which can range from $150-$300 depending on your state. The court filing fee is always paid separately and directly to the court clerk at the time of filing. Adoption Forms Service Companies can not collect and pay the filing fee on your behalf hence why it's paid separately and at the time of filing.

I have my adoption forms, what's next?

Before you file the adoption paperwork, send copies to the natural parents (if available) so that they can sign them (i.e. consent to the adoption). Once you have collected all signatures and file the paperwork, a court hearing will be set which you will attend to finalize the adoption process.

What are "Simplified Adoption Statues/Guidelines"?

Almost all states have instituted so-called "simplified adoption statues and guidelines" which make it easier for adoptive parents to represent themselves, especially in do-it-yourself adoption petitions. The are are certain requirements which must be met with the main one being that specific adoption paperwork (state and county specific forms) be filed.

Who 'may' file for adoption?

Most anyone who meets states' minimum age and residency requirements is allowed to adopt. In most states, the minimum age requirement is 18 and the residency requirement is 60 days to 1 year. In states like Colorado, Delaware, and Oklahoma the age requirement is 21 and in Georgia and Idaho 25.

In addition, states like California, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Utah require that the person adopting must be at least 10 years older than the adoptee. In Idaho, that requirment is 15 years.

Where can I find state specific adoption information?

For information regarding laws and regulations specific to your State, contact the juvenile, family, or surrogacy court. Ask to speak to the court clerk. Mention that you may be representing yourself (just don't ask for legal advice). Ask about information packets. If the court does not have any adoption information packets, get whatever info you can during your phone call or visit.

What are the specifics regarding "consent to adoption"?

In most cases, all involved parties must consent to an adoption. This also includes the biological parents unless they are not available/around to give consent or the adoptee is an adult (in which case biological parents are irrelevant in regards to consent). In addition, all adoptees over the age of 10 must consent consent to adoption in writing.

Additionally, the consent of the biological parents is not required in child adoption cases which include but aren't limited to: abandonment of the child, failure to support or establish a significant relationship with the child, mental incompetence, or a finding of parental unfitness due to abuse or neglect.

Who 'may' be adopted?

All States allow children to be adopted. Some also allow adults to be adopted.

Arizona, Colorado, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming require that the child being adopted must live in the State at the time the adoption. In Iowa, the child must live with the adopting parent or parents for at least 180 days before an adoption may be filed.

Colorado and Rhode Island allow the adoption of adults aged 18 to 21. In Nevada, the adult adoptee must be younger than the adoptive parent(s). Alabama and Ohio only allow the adoption of adults who are 'disabled or mentally retarded'. In Idaho, Illinois, and South Dakota, the adult adoptee must be in a "sustained parental relationship" with the adopting parent (for at least 6 months or more depending on the state). Virginia allows the adoption of an adult stepchild, niece, or nephew, if the adoptee lived with the adoptive parent at least 3 months before becoming an adult and is 15 years younger than the adopting parent.

Homestudy and Background check, what's the difference?

All States require a Home Study, which is a report made by a Social worker, to be completed before an adoption can be approved. A Home Study report usually covers topics like Family Values, Education, Employment, Relationships, Daily Life, Parenting Knowledge, Religion, etc.

In addition to Home Study, a Background Check is also required to show that the adopting parent or parents have no history of child abuse or an offense on record that may put the child's safety at risk. A simple background check can be done through the help of a local law enforcement agency.

What's the average cost of adoption forms preparation?

If you go through an adoption forms service company, the forms and prepearation is included in the price which can range from $150-$300 depending on your state.

Most Adoption Forms Service Companies provide packages which cover one complete adoption. There are usually no additional fees or hidden costs beyond that and adjustments are usually free. In addition, most offer guarantees and refunds in case something goes wrong.

Elanor & Katie

Elanor & Katie

Online Relative Adoption

I just want to say that your organization is making a completely overwhelming process so much easier.

I was able to get the adoption granted and the judge signed the original judgment while we just crossed out and wrote with pen the changes. Your company is great. It has been a whirlwind of a year but with your assistance and my persistence, we were able to get the biological father's rights terminated and the adoption granted.

I would definitely recommend you to others

The timeliness and support I have gotten from you has helped me to see past all the chaos of the adoption forms and paperwork and reminded me why I'm doing this….because I love the child I've been wanting to adopt as if she were already my own. Thank you for your compassion and expertise. I would definitely recommend you to others.

Michael & Grand Parents

Michael & Grand Parents

Grand Parent Adoption

Michael, 19, and his younger sister, 15, were adopted together by their grand parents, after their birth parents left the country. Michael tells us what he feels about adoption generally and being adopted with his sister.

Michael's Story

My name is Michael. I left school before the summer. I am now at college studying Criminal Justice, as I would like to go into law enforcement. I love football, cycling, and travelling with my family.

I am very happy and appreciative that I was adopted by my grand parents. Who knows what would have happen to my sister and I if it wasn't for them? The best thing about being adopted is being with a family who accept me for who I am, good and bad. It hasn’t always been easy for either of us over the years.

When we started living with our grand parents we felt safe for the first time in life. The best thing about my grand parents is that they provides us both with the stability we need. They both provide us with the love we have needed over the years.

I am so pleased that my sister and I are together. My sister and I did not always get along. However, over the years we have become used to each other and changed, and with our grand parents’ help we now get along very well together, and I am glad to have had that opportunity.

Samantha & Brian

Samantha & Brian

Do-it-yourself Open Adoption

Samantha and her husband Brian were 27 and 34 when Samantha's two neices came to live with them. Six years on and Samantha talks us through her do-it-yourself adoption journey, tells us about the girls, now aged 7 and 9, and gives us her thoughts on adopting siblings.

Why Do-it-yourself Adoption

We had already made arrangements with my sister, so for us it was just a matter of going through the legalities, and after Googling around and reading about the possiblities online, we decided to take the do-it-yourself approach.

The Adoption Process

Adoption for us was a relatively smooth process and took only six months from initial filing of the paperwork and petition. We both thoroughly immersed ourselves in the research and home study phases. We did lots of reading, talking and asking questions. The whole process was quite therapeutic for us, bringing up issues that we needed to deal with or investigate further. We both feel it prepared us well for what was ahead of us.

Bringing the Girls Home

It felt great the first time we brought the girls to our house. We walked in and both girls headed straight for the stairs. I asked, “where are you going?” only to be told in unison, “to my room!”. We knew we were doing the right thing by taking them out of a rather toxic enviorment and into a caring family. Certainly the first six months were challenging. Brian and I talked at length every night about our day like a debrief session: what we had achieved, what we’d done wrong and what we were going to do better. I think the love we share and the fact that we kept communications so open have helped us be the family we are today.

Life After Open Relative Adoption

They’re great at giving each other fashion advice (even when it’s not asked for), always look out for each other, love each other fiercely and would defend each other to the end. The girls each have something very unique and special to bring to our family and I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Final Thoughts

Open Adoption is the best thing we, as a couple, have ever done. We have a much longed-for family, we have two little sisters who now live happily (most of the time) together and will go through the rest of their lives together. With it being an open adoption, and us deciding to do it ourselves, we only had to go in front of a judge once to achieve this. The best thing of all…it did not cost us a fortune.

Susan & Jeff

Susan & Jeff


Like many families Susan and Jeff had a lot of love to give. Already parents to their daughter Christina, they wanted a brother for her and to begin to build the family they always wanted. After years of waiting for the right opportunity, Susan & Jeff were ready to adopt a child they had learned about through their church group. Susan tells her story.

Their Story

After many years of waiting, I just said to Jeff ‘I think we are ready'. We thought long and hard about adoption, we weren’t sure whether it would be the answer, but we were willing to give it a try – find out more about it. We spoke with our daughter Christina, she was 12 at the time and she was so happy to finally be getting the brother she always wanted. Sharing our news with friends and families we found out not everyone is going to agree with adoption and our decision to adopt, but we had to be strong in our hearts and our heads and work out if it is something we could do. The only way to do this, was to find out the facts – not just the information we wanted to hear, but some of the stuff we many not have wanted to know and make the best decision for us. We felt that changing our life and that of a child would probably be the most rewarding thing.

Our church group leader came over to our house one day with details about a little boy named Adam – just over 4 years old. As soon as Jeff saw pictures of him he said ‘that’s my little boy!’ Jeff is great, he knows for me, being a mother again is the most important thing, he knows I love children and he is just so supportive, but he knew, like me, this little one was destined to be with us.

Several months later, thankfully the open adoption process went smoothly – we were able to represent ourselves and file the adoption forms. We also had a great relationship with our church group leader and homestudy worker.

Lane Family

Lane Family

Do-it-yourself child adoption

I had three grown up children from my first marriage and always enjoyed being part of a large family. My second wife and I weren't able to have a child naturally and while we were devoted to each other, we felt there was also room in our lives for children.

Opting for Online Child Adoption

I was in my mid fifties at this stage and my wife in her mid forties. We knew how much we could offer as older parents. We moved quickly and within a year we found two girls and a boy who needed adoption. The youngest was three and the eldest was five. They'd had very little stability in their lives and had been waiting for an adoptive family for some time. It was a major undertaking as we knew the particularly difficult start they'd had in life had affected their development in different ways. We thought carefully, but the bottom line was that we simply fell in love with them.

Longing to be a Family

It was a relief when we finally took permanent care of them as we were longing to be a family. The children had never had much of a routine and there were ups and downs as they settled in. You have to be patient and work through things. Because of the stage I was at in my career I could work freelance and be at home with them often, which was important in the early days.

No Regrets Whatsoever

My wife and I have no regrets whatsoever about adopting and watching their progress has been deeply rewarding. We enjoy family life enormously and look forward to seeing our children become young teens.

Collier Family

Collier Family


Today we had our hearing for a step parent adoption. Our case was unusual in that my wife had adopted our daughter 5 years ago from Canada and now that we are married I wanted to adopt her as well. I was worried that because this child was adopted and the re-adopted that I would have some issues that I would have needed an attorney to sort out.

Your staff did a fine job of making sure my adoption paperwork addressed the situation correctly. I am extremely satisfied with the results as my hearing went off without a hitch. I would recommend your service to anyone needing to do a step parent adoption. Please feel free to place these comments on your web site if you wish....


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