Can I Adopt?


The Independent Adoption Center serves families of all racial and ethnic backgrounds who are seeking to adopt a newborn in an open adoption. The IAC actively recruits families from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Below are questions that prospective adoptive families frequently ask about infant adoption. We encourage you to find out more by requesting an information packet or signing up for a free adoption seminar.

Racial/Ethnic Profiles FAQ

  • How long is the average wait for placement?

    The average wait time for all families the IAC is 15 months.

    For African American and Black families:
    • 3 months when both adoptive parents are African American or Black
    • 8 months when one adoptive parent is African American or Black

    For Latino(a)/Hispanic families:
    • 7 months when both adoptive parents are Latino(a)/Hispanic
    • 15 months when one adoptive parent is Latino(a)/Hispanic

    For Asian families:
    • 8 months when both adoptive parents are Asian
    • 12 months when one adoptive parent is Asian

    For Native American families:
    • 13 months when one adoptive parent is Native American

    For East Indian families:
    • 8 months when one adoptive parent is East Indian

    For Middle Eastern families:
    • 14 months when one adoptive parent is Middle Eastern

    For Pacific Islander families:
    • 10 months when one adoptive parent is Pacific Islander

    For Caucasian families:
    • 15 months when both adoptive parents are Caucasian
  • Do you have more African American and Black children available for adoption than children of other races?

    No. For the last three years 11% of IAC placements have been African American or Black babies. Another 10% were bi-racial children of African American or Black and Caucasian heritage. See: http://www.adoptionhelp.org/open-adoption/statistics

    These percentages indicate that African American or Black birthparent adoption placement rates match the overall proportion of African American or Black people in the U.S. population. In other words, African American or Black birthparents do not place their children for adoption any more frequently than any other ethnic or racial group in the U.S. It is important to note that the foster care system has a disproportionate number of African American and Black children, but this is not true for voluntary adoptions.

  • Why is the wait so short for African American and Black adoptive families?

    We do not have the same numbers of African American and Black adoptive parents as we do African American and Black birthparents. Many African American and Black birthparents want to place their child with an African American/Black family.

    In addition, non-African American and Black birthparents sometimes select African American or Black adoptive parents to parent their child if the adoptive family is open to a trans-racial placement. Both of these factors contribute to the short wait time for African American and Black adoptive families.

    It is important to note, that African American and Black families adopt from the foster care system in large numbers. The IAC hopes to make voluntary infant open adoption an option for more African American and Black families.

  • Is there a reason that some racial and ethnic groups have a shorter or longer wait for placement?

    It is important to remember that these wait times represent averages. This means that some families have shorter wait times and some have longer. With the exception of African American or Black families, it is unlikely that the race or ethnic background of a family is the primary reason for their wait time.

    How open an adoptive family is on their “profile” probably has a bigger impact on wait time than their race or ethnicity. Families that have very “open” profiles in terms of the race and ethnicity of the child, mental health history of the birthparents, as well as drug and alcohol use of the birthmother during pregnancy are likely to have the shortest wait.

  • Does IAC allow families to choose the race of the child placed with them?

    Yes. IAC allows families to choose the race of the child they will parent. If you are open to a child of a different race or ethnic group than your own, we will require you to participate in a trans-racial adoption training course to assist in educating you about what being a trans-racial family might entail and on embracing the unique cultural connections each child has.

  • Does IAC charge less for placing African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, East Indian, Native American, or Pacific Islander children?

    No. IAC values all children equally. IAC has never had discriminatory fees based on the race of a child. The IAC’s fees are solely based on the services provided in the adoption and are in no way based on the child’s identity