Differences between a private agency and a public agency

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:35 pm
A private agency is a child welfare organization licensed by the state. It operates using fees and donations from adoptive parents and other charitable contributions. Most private agencies are non-profit. Some are part of religious organizations. Most private agencies place infants of all races, and some may even complete international adoptions. A public agency is a state or county agency that is supported by tax dollars. Public agencies are often more flexible regarding parental requirements than private agencies. Therefore, single parents are encouraged to apply with public agencies rather than the stricter private agencies. Subsidies are available for adopting certain children and public agency fees are usually small, except for the attorney fees. Public agencies usually place toddlers, older children, children with siblings, or children with emotional or physical disabilities. For additional information, contact your state's Department of Children and Family Services or an adoption attorney or agency.

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