Adoption | Parental Placements

The Adoption and Surrogacy Law Center

Most adoptions in the United States are parental placement adoptions (also called private or direct placements). These are adoptions where the birth parent(s) select the adopting parent(s) who will adopt his or her child. In Virginia, a parental placement requires that identifying background information be exchanged although the biological and adoptive parents can elect not to exchange last names and addresses. Even outside of Virginia, the exchange of background information is standard in parental placements. Also, in parental placements, usually some type of ongoing contact arrangement, although usually not binding, is established. This means that the birth parent(s) will receive pictures or letters about the child after the adoptive placement. This type of adoption arrangement is not legally binding, however, unless written in to the adoption order.

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Parental Placements


Most adoptions in the United States are parental placement adoptions (also called private or direct placements). These are adoptions where the birth parent(s) select the adopting parent(s) who will adopt his or her child. In Virginia, a parental placement requires that identifying background information be exchanged although the biological and adoptive parents can elect not to exchange last names and addresses. Even outside of Virginia, the exchange of background information is standard in parental placements. Also, in parental placements, usually some type of ongoing contact arrangement, although usually not binding, is established. This means that the birth parent(s) will receive pictures or letters about the child after the adoptive placement. This type of adoption arrangement is not legally binding, however, unless written in to the adoption order.

Adoption Matching Services

Interstate Placements

Step-Parent Placements

Relative Parental Placements

Frequently Asked Questions

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