Licensed Adoption Agency Law and Legal Definition

Licensed adoption agency is an organization that is licensed in the state or states where it transacts its business, which is to assist in placing children needing parents with adoptive parents that are looking for children. Agencies exist in a wide variety of organizational forms, including non-profit, for-profit, and governmental agency. Although the legal impact of the organizational or business structure of an adoption agency may be different, the services that they are licensed to provide are generally very similar. Agencies provide services and support to birth parents and adoptive parents. Many agencies ask birth parents to choose the adoptive parents from the agency's group of waiting families.

The following is an example of a state statute defining the term:

"Licensed adoption agency means an agency licensed by the department to provide adoption services, including a licensed county adoption agency and a licensed private adoption agency.”[Cal Fam Code § 8530]