In most states, only licensed adoption agencies are allowed to advertise for adoption; however, some states also permit advertising by biological parents, adoptive parents, and attorneys.
This lapse has created an opportunity for unlicensed adoption brokers and out-of-state providers to flood the internet with predatory ads targeting pregnant women who are considering adoption.
But when unlicensed adoption brokers and out-of-state providers arrange adoptions, expectant mothers and adoptive parents miss out on the essential support services they would receive from a local, licensed adoption provider.
Use our interactive maps to find out where adoption advertising is allowed,
and the AdoptChange Advocacy Toolkit to urge lawmakers to support pending legislation,
enforce existing laws, and create new ones where necessary.