Across our great country, there is a wealth of loving adults considering the prospect of adopting a baby. On the other end is a community of mothers-to-be looking for an adoption process that guarantees the best for their little one. In the middle is A is 4 Adoption, an adoption center that strives to help the best prospective parents with domestic infant adoption. Unlike any adoption agency in California, our center works as a liaison between parents to ensure the best match for all parties. We provide support materials and services to help birth mothers and also work to prepare prospective parents for the adventure ahead. While all of the children we assist are born in California, our domestic adoption design means that parents from any state can receive our assistance with receiving a beautiful bundle of joy.



Adopting a child from a different state can seem like a daunting task. A is 4 Adoption works to make the process as seamless as possible so that birth mothers and adoptive parents can focus on the more important aspects of adoption. Today, we’ll look into a couple big factors that have changed the landscape for adoption in the United States.



Established in 1960, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)  governs adoption laws for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. An interesting aspect in this field is that the laws from both the sending and receiving state must be complied with in order for a successful adoption to take place. Each state differs in its approach to adoption, and the overall rules can vary greatly. The ICPC will only approve an adoption once both states have submitted the proper documentation proving that everything is in order. An adoptive parent cannot legally leave the home of their new child with that child unless both states have already signed their approval.


Same-Sex Federal Rulings


A federal judge ruled earlier this year that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples being able to adopt is unconstitutional. This last injunction paved the way so that all 50 states now allow gay couples to adopt a child if all other standard conditions are met. After a long process of overturning discriminatory laws in states such as Florida, Nebraska, and Michigan, Mississippi was the holdout state. In fact, the former governor at the time of the ban enactment, Ronnie Musgrove, had signed the ban into effect yet recently came out in support of same-sex adoptions. He had declared that his decision to help enact this law made it much harder for an untold number of children to grow up in happy, healthy homes, and that broke his heart.


A is 4 Adoption is here to help simplify the entire adoption process. Some states are unique with their adoption rules and therefore should be taken into consideration when undergoing a domestic adoption. Common differences exist in age restrictions, marital statuses, and consent revocation periods. Next time, we’ll look at a few states and their specific requirements for adoption.


If you’re hoping to adopt from our California adoption center, contact us today to get started with one of our caring mediators!