JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Adoption can be a long, expensive process, and the cost can be too much for some families.
An adoption advocate has partnered with a law practice here in the area to help offer a more affordable option.
Caleigh Romine, an adoption advocate, and Woodruff Law Firm have partnered together to offer a local private adoption option.
"Something that Jennifer [Woodruff] and I have began to do is notice the need for private adoption in the area," said Romine. "There are a lot of adoptive families that are wanting to adopt privately, and not necessarily wanting to go through a large agency."
Romine said there are a lot of birth moms who don't know what their options are locally when it comes to adoption.
Romine and Woodruff have teamed up to work through Woodruff's law practice to help birth moms and adoptive parents know all of their adoptive options.
Choosing private adoption is usually more affordable than adopting through an agency because they are able to lower the costs.
"We don't have a lot of overhead," said Romine. "We charge directly for the legal fees for the cost of the birth mom to be healthy during her pregnancy and postpartum."
All of the services offered through Woodruff Law Firm and Caleigh are free for birth parents.
And while adoptive parents do pay legal fees, the cost still ends up being around half the state average for adoption.
A lot of the time, people believe their only option in adopting is through large agencies. Adopting through these agencies in Arkansas costs anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 for a domestic adoption.
While the law firm is based out of Lake City, Romine said that what they are offering is open to anyone.
"I know a lot of people are struggling with infertility and may want that adoption option, or as an adoptive parent that's something that's on their heart that they may want to adopt," said Romine.
Romine said that those looking to adopt can come to them with or without a birth parent.
"We help put the families together," said Romine, "We let the birth moms that come to us choose who they want their baby to go to, we give them that option."
Romine said that everything is confidential, and they encourage any birth moms or adoptive parents to reach out about adoption as an option.
To get in touch with Romine about private adoption, text (870) 710-7872, or visit Woodruff Law Firm's website here.