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Adoption Consultants, Inc. is a state regulated adoption facilitation service, assisting pregnant women (birth mothers) and prospective adoptive parents from across the United States.  Individuals of all ages, races, and marital status are welcome!  We are registered with the CA Dept of Social Services and enjoy an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau!  (The highest possible rating!).  Owner and founder Cathy Mantell has worked in the adoption field over 25 years now, since 1989, and is well equipped with an extensive background the adoption field to assist both birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents with their adoption plans!

Adoption Consultants Inc. provides a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment for both birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents to freely explore, and if they choose, pursue the adoption process. Our role is to provide those we assist with adoption education and guidance, as well as assistance in creating a unique adoption plan specific to the individual needs and criteria of those the office assists!


If you are pregnant…All services to birth mothers are free!  If you are considering adoption as an option for you and your baby, Adoption Consultants, Inc.’s services include adoption education, guidance and emotional support. We offer consulting services to help you learn more about the adoption process, consider your available options, and sort out the multitude of feelings and emotions you may be experiencing.

Should you decide upon adoption, we can help you create a unique adoption plan that best meets your emotional needs and comfort level, as well as provide you with guidance and emotional support every step of the way, throughout the adoption process and beyond. Whatever your decision, we want you to feel confident you have made the best decision for both yourself and your child. We are caring, supportive, non-judgmental, and here to assist you in the manner in which you need, without pressure.

We are available to you, 24 hours a day/7 days a week!  We can also assist you in creating an adoption plan involving the placement of a child or children already born, including, but not limited to, toddlers and siblings.  Visit our Birth Mother Assistance page to learn more about the services available for expectant mothers and birth mothers!

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For those hoping to adopt…Adoption Consultants Inc. offers two different adoption programs for those interested in adopting a child.  It is important to note:  Adoption Consultants, Inc. is not a networker or referral service. Expectant mothers interested in adoption contact our office directly seeking adoptive families for their babies. They are screened and assessed directly by this office. Thus, we believe greatly minimizing the chances of any surprises due to a breakdown in communication and sharing of information between various adoption offices during the matching process.

We realize each person the office assists may have different needs, and have thus developed our two unique programs to help fill this void in the adoption community.  Adoption Consultants, Inc.’s primary goal is to assist each and every prospective adoptive parent in their efforts to adopt, and at an affordable cost.  The office maintains a very limited clientele base in our Contractual Facilitation Program (currently limited to 20 families approximately) in order to better provide each Client with individualized attention, as well as to help increase the visibility of one’s profile (Birth Mother letter) to potential birth mothers, with the goal that each Client might be able to realize their dream to adopt, and within as timely a manner as is possible!

Adoption Consultants Inc.’s main program for prospective adoptive parents is our Contractual Facilitation Program.  We also offer a secondary program, our Registration Program.  Each of these programs are highlighted below.

Through our Contractual Facilitation Program, we assist prospective adopting parents in locating a suitable expectant mother through an advertising program, while also utilizing a rigorous outreach program targeting organizations that assist pregnant women. The office assists a very limited number of families waiting at any one time in the Contractual Facilitation Program, currently limited to 20 families approximately.  This ensures that whenever your criteria matches an expectant mother’s criteria, your profile will be shared!  Less than half of the office’s facilitation fee becomes due upon contracting as a client, with the balance due ONLY upon matching with an expectant mother you deem to be suitable. (Should you choose to terminate the adoption process pre-match, for any reason, the balance remaining will NOT become due.) The office does not assess additional fees for the ongoing post-match services it provides, while guiding our clients all the way through the adoption process. Should an adoption plan not successfully complete for ANY reason, the office does not assess re-match fees.  Visit our Contractual Facilitation Program page to learn more about this program.

Our Registration Program may be just what you may be looking for if you prefer to not remit a facilitation fee prior to an expectant mother selecting you. In this program Adoption Consultants Inc. will remit your profile (Birth Mother letter) on to expectant mothers the office is assisting for their review and consideration once they have had the opportunity to first review any contracted family’s profiles whose criteria meet their own, and should they desire additional profiles to review. Additionally, registered participants will be the first to have their profiles shared in the event no contracted family’s criteria matches with a birth mother’s criteria.   The fee to register with Adoption Consultants Inc. is only a nominal processing fee of $300 for 1 year of unlimited exposure of one’s Birth Mother letter or $400 for 2 years.  Visit our Registration Program page to learn more about our Registration Program.

Cathy Mantell of Adoption Consultants Inc

Adoption Consultants, Inc. was founded by Cathy Mantell.  Cathy has been working in the adoption field since 1989!  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from U.C.L.A., followed by a Master of Science in Counseling Degree, with a specialization in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling in 1994, graduating with Distinction.  Earlier on in her adoption career she worked for two separate adoption attorneys, prior to founding Adoption Consultants, Inc. in 2002.  Cathy acted not only as the right hand legal assistance to a sole practitioner AAAA and ACAL adoption attorney for a decade’s time, but then became the Director of a nationwide adoption law practice for several additional years. In addition to her work in the adoption field, she has worked as a volunteer for non-profit organizations, including a trauma crisis center, as well as a crisis hotline, providing therapeutic counseling services to individuals in crisis, primarily young women. Her therapeutic counseling experience, as well as her extensive educational background, have proven to be invaluable assets crossing over directly to her work in the adoption field, as the vast majority of birth parents feel “in crisis” and distressed by an unplanned pregnancy, thus requiring not only education and information, but emotional support and understanding as well.  Visit our About Cathy page to learn more about Cathy.

Adoption Consultants, Inc. is committed to bringing together and creating loving families through adoption.  Adoption Consultants Inc. and Cathy are happy to guide you with compassion and understanding throughout this magnificent journey!