Those hoping to adopt a child can either work with an agency or enter into an independent legal contract with the birth parents. For parents choosing to work with an agency, there are plenty of public and private options out there. Generally, agencies do not place children with adoptive families until the birth parents have given up their rights. With independent adoptions, the birth parents choose the adoptive family. Some birth parents may place the child with a prospective adoptive family for a trial period before signing away their parental rights.
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