Newbie question here, but none of the books I have read directly address this...do you need to use an agency in the state where you live? Is there a benefit to using one that is close by?
We live in ND and we are required to use an agency in our state no matter what we do (interstate, ND, international, identified, etc). The reason being is in ND they are the only ones licensed to do home studies. Total pain in the you know what.
But we can use an agency here for our homestudy etc and use a different agency in another state to find placement (which we have discussed).
Depends on the state. In IL, you aren't required to use an agency from IL. But they have to be licensed in IL. And I'm finding that a lot of agencies aren't - unless they're in IL. And, even then, some can only work with certain areas of IL. :: banging head on desk :: Finding an agency has been "fun" to say the least.
you may want to try adoptivefamilies.com; i found a lot of info on their website when we began our process. you also may want to call an adoption agency or attorney located in your state. a lot of times they're willing to answer questions like this over the phone.
good luck in starting your process!