I was wondering if people are doing/have done their own outreach? or are you paying either your agency or a facilitator to help you make the match?
We've only gone to the info session for one domestic adoption agency and found they charge quite a bit of money to be included in their outreach program. They don't show your profile to expectant moms who contact them unless you are part of it. They charge pretty much as much as local independent adoption facilitators, but they have a longer match wait time. (Actually, a significant number of their completed matches last year were either self-identified or through use of an additional paid facilitator.) For reference, they estimate $15000 for an adoption through them plus birthmother expenses and outreach.
Actually, I'm seriously wondering about the ethics of outreach in general. Any thoughts? It seems to add quite a bit of money to the process and changes the situation from finding a home for an infant to finding an infant for a couple, who can pay.