Wasatch Adoption Services

Building Families Through Domestic Infant Adoption

Welcome to Wasatch Adoptions.  Whether you are looking into infant adoption or domestic adoption for the first time or you have been trying to adopt a baby for months or years, we want to thank you for your interest in our agency.  We know that domestic adoption can be an emotional and sometimes a difficult journey but we also know that it can be an amazing experience.  Many people worry about the cost of a domestic infant adoption.  We do our best to make infant adoption as affordable as possible and our total cost of a domestic infant adoption through Wasatch Adoptions is $20,000.  If you are considering adopting a baby domestically, we would be honored to walk with you on this journey to build a family.  This information below might answer some of your questions about infant adoption and may help you understand the domestic adoption process a little better.  We hope the information on this site is helpful and informative for all who are considering domestic infant adoption as a way to build a family. 

What Wasatch Adoptions will do for you

We feel it is important for families interested in adopting an infant or a child to expand their outreach as far as possible and encourage families to explore all options once the decision to adopt a baby or a child has been made.  The beginning cost of submitting an application to Wasatch Adoptions for our infant domestic program is $200.  Once that application has been submitted, Wasatch Adoptions can begin working with you as an adoptive family.  Some of the services we provide to you are as follows: 

  • Adoption counseling to prospective adoptive parents.
  • Home study services.  Our social workers have years of experience working with adoptive families and have completed thousands of home studies for adoptive families over the years.  If adoptive parents find a baby through another agency or through a private adoption, Wasatch Adoptions will happily release the home study to another organization so that it can be used for that adoption.  Our fee for a domestic home study is $800.
  • Help to create a family profile that can be presented to potential birth parents.
  • Share your family profile with potential birth mothers who want to place their child for adoption.
  • Be with you as your advocate throughout the adoption process
  • Complete post adoption reports once a child is placed in your family.
  • Appear in court at finalization.

Adoptive Family Requirements

Many people wonder what kinds of requirements they must meet in order to adopt a child.  The following is a list of general requirements for adoptive parents:

  • Adoptive parents must be at least 23 years old and younger than 50 years old in order to adopt a child.
  • Applicants can be a married couple or a single Mother.  Married couples must have been married for at least one year at the time the application for adoption is submitted. 
  • Applicants must be able to show evidence of financial stability.
  • Applicants must be in good health with a normal life expectancy.
  • Applicants must complete a home study and receive a positive recommendation to adopt. 
  • Applicants must not have been convicted of a crime against a person or family member, have no record of public indecency, and must not have been convicted of any type of felony in any state in the United States.
  • Applicants must provide information necessary to conduct an abuse/neglect registry check.
  • Applicants must live in a single family residence such as a house, an apartment or condo.  Applicants cannot be living with parents, friends or relatives.
  • Applicants must be able to provide four reference letters from friends and at least one reference letter from a relative. 

What is a Home Study

The home study normally consists of three face to face home visits and interviews with a social worker.  The social worker will evaluate your home and family situation and will talk about the following topics:

  • Your marriage – a strong and stable marriage is crucial when a couple is considering adoption.  If you are a single mother the social worker will ask you questions about your relationships with the people you are currently dating as well as long term relationships you have had with a male friend.
  • Health – in order to adequately parent a child it is important that you are in good health and able to meet the physical demands of parenthood.
  • Religious/Spiritual beliefs – many birth parents want to place their child with a family who practices a specific religion while other birth parents may not have any spiritual requirements.  Information regarding your spiritual beliefs enables the birth mother to choose a family that fits her desires.
  • Parenting and Discipline style – Do you believe in spanking, time out, discussions with the child, etc.
  • Lifestyle – What do you like to do for fun, do you like to travel, do you have a hobby, and how will your child fit into your life style.
  • Support System – Does your extended family and your friends support your decision to adopt?
  • Home and Neighborhood – Do you have enough space to accommodate a child?  Is your home clean and safe from hazards?  What about schools and children in the neighborhood? 
  • Financial Stability – Although you do not need to be rich to adopt a child you do need to be financially stable and able to provide the necessities of life for your child.
  • Criminal and Abuse Background Checks – In order to adopt a child you must be willing and able to pass criminal and abuse background checks. 

You don’t have to worry about having a large, expensive home, beautiful furniture or being clean to the extreme.  What our social worker will be looking for is a home that is reasonably clean, free of hazards and one that is safe and loving.  The home study process should not be scary or stressful.  We will do our best to make this a comfortable and enjoyable experience for you.

Open or Closed Adoption – which is best?

Many adoptive parents worry about whether they should have contact with the birth parents over the years after the adoption is finalized.  When it comes to making this decision there are many levels of openness and each birth mother may want something different. 

Open Adoption – An on-going relationship with the biological parents of your adopted child.  Although this type of openness is rare it does happen.

Semi-Open Adoption – Most birthmothers choose to meet with the adoptive family before the baby is born.  Once the baby is born and placed with the adoptive family the relationship consists of an exchange of letters and pictures of the child as he or she grows.  The exchange might be twice a year until the child is 18 years old.  Once in a while the birth mother may ask for a face to face visit with her child.   This may or may not be something you as adoptive parents are comfortable with and should be discussed thoroughly and agreed upon before accepting the match of a child.

Closed Adoption – a closed adoption in many ways is a thing of the past as most birth mothers want some type of connection to the family who adopts her child.  However, once in a while a closed adoption is possible in which there is no contact between the birth mother and the adopted child.  Only a small percentage of birth mothers will chose a closed adoption for their child.

For More Information about adoption….

There are many things to think about when considering infant domestic adoption.  Our adoption counselors are available and are happy to discuss all aspects of domestic infant adoption with you at any time.  For more information or to talk with one of our domestic adoption counselors please call or email our office:

Phone Number:  801-334-8683

E-Mail – chareyl@wiaa.org

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1140 36th Street, Suite 204
Ogden, Utah 84403
Phone: (888) 334-8683
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