Frequently Asked Questions

How are Purl Adoption Advisory’s services different than the traditional adoption process?

The traditional model for domestic adoption is that families sign up with a local agency with high up-front costs, then wait to be matched with an expectant mother working directly with that agency. This process can take years, as families are limited to the expectant mothers that are working with that agency. Purl Adoption Advisory has a relationship with numerous adoption professionals (attorneys and agencies) across the country who are legally authorized to place a child for adoption. These adoption professionals allow our clients to present their family profiles to their birth families for lower (or even no) upfront fees. If the adoptive client family should be selected by the birth family and accept the “match,” then they work directly with that adoption professional to complete the adoption. Prior to a “match” our clients have a greater opportunity to view information from a variety of agencies and attorneys without paying high marketing or other up-front fees to those adoption professionals. This model typically results in quicker and more economical adoptions. 

Are you a licensed placing agency?

Purl Adoption Advisory is not a licensed placing agency. We are professional adoption advisors who advise our clients throughout the adoption process and refer our clients to licensed placement attorneys and licensed, ethical agencies that we have relationships with throughout the United States.

Facilitators are illegal in my state, are you a facilitator?

No, Purl Adoption Advisory are professional adoption advisors and not adoption facilitators. We are advocates and a referral source for adoptive parents. We DO NOT have direct contact with expectant parents considering adoption and we NEVER match an adoptive family and an expectant family together directly, matching is done through the attorneys and the agencies we refer our clients to or through the adoptive parents’ own marketing.

Since Purl’s founder is a licensed attorney, is she acting as my attorney during the adoption process? Why should I hire an attorney if we hire Purl Adoption Advisory?

No, although Katie Zimmerman is a licensed attorney in the State of Arizona, in providing these adoption advisory services she is not providing legal services and is not serving as your lawyer. Because of Katie’s legal background and training, she has a better understanding of the conflict of laws that will arise in an interstate adoption than a typical adoption consultant without that training would have and can advise her clients as to the appropriate time to engage legal counsel in an adoption situation. Purl advisors can also recommend and refer reasonable, licensed and experienced adoption attorneys in her clients’ area or in the state they adopt from. 

Do we need to hire an attorney in addition to working with a placement attorney or agency?

You will not need to hire an attorney pre-match. But you will need an attorney, at a minimum, for finalization of your adoption. Purl Adoption Advisory will recommend our clients consult with an experienced adoption attorney in the respective state at the time of a match, especially in certain circumstances, to ensure that the expectant families’ rights are terminated appropriately and to ensure that the birth parent expenses provided comply with state law. We refer our clients to reasonable, licensed, experienced adoption attorneys in their area or in the state they adopt from. However, under Purl Adoption Advisory’s model, we strive to have the total adoption expenses, including attorney’s fees, be less than adopting through an expensive agency where adoptive families may not receive proper legal guidance.  

What states do you work in?

Generally, we work with attorneys and agencies in “adoption friendly states”, states that have revocation periods of 72 hours less. That means that an expectant family will sign surrenders/consents for the baby and within 72 hours their rights will be terminated. We may work in other states that legally allow our services, but most of our client families prefer to take placement through attorneys and agencies in states that have adoption laws favorable to an irrevocable placement.

Can a birth family come back and get their baby once they have made an adoption plan?

Once an expectant family signs irrevocable surrenders/consents they cannot revoke them. We generally work with attorneys and agencies in states that have a revocation period of 72 hours or less, in order to minimize the risk in a disrupted adoption.

Is There a Requirement of Faith, Race, or Marital Status?

Purl Adoption Advisory will work with all types of families from single persons, married couples (traditional and same sex) and domestic partnerships. We accept all faiths and races. Our guiding principal is your family is able to successfully complete a home study and provide a stable home with unconditional love for a child/children. We do request you have a brief phone interview with the founder of our organization to assess if your priorities match our services. Prospective clients should also be advised that many agencies, including those that may be referred by Purl Adoption Advisory, have restrictions on faith, race, age, marital status or length of a marriage before adopting.

Do you have an age requirement?

We generally recommend that at least one prospective adoptive parent be over 25 years of age. We don’t have an upward age limit, however, individuals over the age of 50 may experience some difficulty in adopting, so please contact us if one of the prospective adoptive parents is over the age of 50 so that we can discuss some of the potential limitations. As discussed above, some of the adoption professionals we refer to may have an age requirement.   

Do you work with adoptive families from all 50 states?

We will consider adoptive families across the country, but may refuse to accept clients living in select states due to the adoption laws in those states.

Are there grants available to adoptive families?

Yes. There are many grants, loans and adoption fundraisers that can help assist adoptive families ease the financial burden of adoption. We provide education on these sources to our clients.

Do we need an adoption profile? What is an adoption profile?

Yes, a family profile is one of the most important parts of the adoption process since it is how an adoptive family is chosen by an expectant parent. A family profile is a visual way to tell a family considering adoption about your family’s story, your thoughts on adoption, and your plans for the future.  Purl Adoption Advisory has contracted with professional graphic designers to create engaging, artistic, creative and comforting family profiles (examples here: Cody & Jess, Kevin & Melissa, Jay & Jenny). Our clients choose from a few professional designed templates and our fee includes customizing those templates into a family profile that will help our clients stand out from other families that might be presenting to the same expectant parents.  

Do you charge more for multiples? Are there additional agency fees for multiples?

Purl Adoption Advisory does not charge more for multiples. We charge a flat fee whether you ultimately end up adopting a singleton, twins or triplets. Attorney and Agency fees vary widely, but typically the only additional costs associated with multiples are medical costs.

Will you perform our home study or will you connect us with a home study agency?

We are not a licensed home study agency, so we will refer you to a home study agency in your area once you become a client of Purl Adoption Advisory.

What is ICPC? How long should we expect to stay in the state from which we adopt?

Any adoption placement that involves a child outside of your state of residence will involve an agreement enacted by all 50 U.S states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands called the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). Adoptive parents may not travel back to their state of residence with the child they are adopting until they receive ICPC approval.

The majority of  families receive ICPC approval within 7-10 business days of submission of the ICPC documents, however the ICPC processing time has gotten much quicker in some states. For a good summary of the state of ICPC processing today, click here.  Adoptive families should prepare for an out of state stay of at least 3 weeks, however, only one adoptive parent is required to stay with the child pending ICPC approval. In some circumstances there may be “respite” or “cradle care,” pending ICPC approval.

Can we be gender specific?

Yes. Purl Adoption Advisory does allow our clients to be gender specific. However, we counsel our clients that the more specific they are about the child they hope to adopt, the longer the process may take.