Adoption Facilitator Law and Legal Definition

Adoption Facilitator is an individual who acts as a middleman between birth parents and prospective adoptive parents in arranging independent adoptions, often for a fee. Adoption facilitator can also be a person who facilitates postadoption contact/reunion in adoption searches.

Adoption facilitators are not part of a licensed agency. They are not licensed as adoption agencies or licensed as attorneys. Some States explicitly prohibit the use of facilitators in arranging adoptions, and others have laws that regulate the use of facilitators in an effort to ensure that no person, either the intermediary or a member of the birth family, profits from the placement of the child. However, the use of unpaid Adoption Facilitators has been permissible in almost every state in the U.S.from the very early days of adoption.

Adoption facilitators are individuals who are not licensed as adoption agencies or licensed as attorneys, and who are engaged in the matching of birth parents with adoptive parents. However, the use of unpaid Adoption Facilitators has been permissible in almost every state in the United States from the very early days of adoption. In very few states such as California and Pennsylvania, Adoption Facilitators have been authorized by law to charge for their participation in adoption matching, if those services fall within certain specific parameters.