Unlike agency adoptions where the birth parents and perspective adoptive parents go through public or private agencies to adopt a child, birth parents and adoptive parents opting for an independent adoption have the luxury of handling the adoption on their own. This means that the birth parents can personally select the adoptive parents. A major advantage oven independent adoption is the speed at which the adoption process moves along. In terms of costs, although the adoptive parents will still have to pay for the birth mother’s expenses, opting for an independent adoption helps reduce the overall cost by allowing them to avoid regular agency fees. The downside of independent adoption is the pressure placed on the birth parent to personally find an adoptive parent. It is important to remember that independent adoptions are illegal in some states. Contact an adoption attorney to guarantee that you are abiding by the adoption laws of your state.