Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an adoption agency?

We are an adoption program, not an adoption agency. We are not able to complete home studies, place children in families, or finalize adoptions. We are a connecting link between the children with Down syndrome who need adoptive families, and the families that hope to adopt a child with Down syndrome.

Are there fees for your services?

There are NO FEES for our services. All of our support to both birth and adoptive families, as well as the assistance we offer to both public and private agencies, is done at no charge.

Now that I am on your registry, how long will I wait until you contact me about a child?

While we cannot give any family an exact time frame, we do suggest that families be as open as possible to a variety of situations when they complete their registration form. For example, an adoptive family may want to consider an older child, a child with additional medical issues, or a child of a different racial heritage. Carefully consider all of the options on the registration form. Contact the NDSAN if you need clarification on any category.

I’ve heard there is a waiting list to adopt a child. Is this true?

“Waiting List” would be incorrect terminology. We hope to always have more families “waiting” to adopt than we have children “waiting” to be adopted!  But an adoptive family who registers with us tomorrow is considered equally with an adoptive family who has been registered with us for months. That is because all of our queries are based on the needs of the child and the requests of the birth family or agency representing the child. We refer to our adoptive families as a “pool” rater than a “list”…no family is first, or last, in a line!

I’m older / single / have many children.  Am I still able to adopt? What are my chances of being called about a child that needs a family?

As long as you  have an approved home study, you are able to adopt and can be included on our registry. We have many adoptive families registered who are older, single, have many children, or are in same sex relationships. We have been involved with the successful adoption of children with Down syndrome in all family dynamics.

What are the fees to adopt a child with Down syndrome?

We do not charge any fees, but there may be fees associated with the adoption process. Fees vary from $0 (public agency adoptions of children in the custody of the state typically have no or very low fees) up to a maximum of $20,000. While the range for a private adoption depends on the agency, and the services provided, they usually average somewhere around $12,000.

Can I support the NDSAN in the work that you do?

There are many ways to assist us in our mission to insure that every child with DS has the opportunity to grow up in a loving family!  Help us spread the word that adoption is a loving choice for a family who is unable to parent a child with special needs. Help us in our effort to recruit loving families to adopt children with DS. If possible, support the NDSAN financially so that we can continue our mission all across the US.  (Click here to contribute)