David Baum is the reason that we have our son today. He is experienced (30+) years. If there are bumps, and there are in most adoptions, he has been through it before and he will get your baby in your arms.
Dave has reciprocal relationships with lawyers across the country, so hiring Dave is like hiring 20 lawyers–your Dear Birthmom letter will be in the hands of lawyers you have never even talked to! Our son was home with us just 6 months after we started putting our profile out there. We will forever be grateful to Dave and his wonderful staff.”
My first domestic adoption was in 2001. I am a single parent and work in technology. In 2000 I started doing a deep dive into agency vs attorney. I attended at least 4 agency orientations in Southern California. I was not impressed and somewhat discouraged how the agencies use a sliding scale in some cases and in others they relayed that I would have a harder time as a single parent than a married couple to get matched. I then found David Baum on the internet and loved what I read. I decided to drive to meet with him and everything he said was exactly what I was hoping to hear. I am a client like every other client and treated the same way, no hidden fees, up front estimate of adoption expenses upon match. It was a dream come true. At that visit I paid my retainer and in two months of paying my retainer I had my son home with me! This is not the norm, I can say it was a perfect fit at the perfect time. It was a shock as I didn’t have time to prepare for anything! He is now 13 and we are living the dream because David B helped make it happen.
November 2012 I decided I wanted to adopt again. I called David and paid my retainer and was very eager to add to my family. This time it took a bit longer which is more within the norm and my baby was born in Feb 2014!!! I had to work with an agency to get the home study completed and I can truly say using David was the best for me and my family. Agencies like to instill their beliefs on what is best for you and your adoption situation and they don’t always get it right. It is critical that you look at your unique situation and base your decisions on what is best for your family. David works hard and is available 24X7 as you are going through the fast and furious time when the baby is born and relinquishment has to take place. He is always professional and works his best on your behalf. I truly can say that both my domestic adoptions through David was a blessing from God. I would use him again if I ever thought I could afford to do another!!! Please take time to ask all your questions and vet all your concerns, there isn’t a question he can’t get an answer to!!! Love him and all his staff!! They are family to me.”
After encountering what seemed to be an endless series of challenges in our efforts to become parents, my husband and I had the good fortune of meeting David Baum. Suddenly a process that had been wrought with heartbreak and disappointment was transformed into one of promise and hope. From the outset, Dave not only made us feel educated and informed about the adoption process, but he made us feel confident and secure in our decision to adopt. As an adoptive parent himself, Dave was able to connect with our fears and concerns at a very personal level and his perspective from having been “in our shoes” gave us great confidence in his advise.
Dave made what is otherwise a very complicated process seem remarkably simple. He and his staff provided step by step assistance with every phase of the adoption from meticulously editing our “Dear Birth Mom” letter and helping select the perfect photos, to locating our birthmother through his network of resources and providing recommendations on pediatricians after our daughter was born. Throughout it all, he was an outstanding advocate and made us feel that our interests were always being protected and represented. Importantly, he was always quick to respond to our calls and e-mails and frequently went “above and beyond” to ensure that our adoption went through without a hitch.
My husband and I will be forever grateful to David for helping us realize our dream of becoming parents and he has our highest recommendation.”
After experiencing two failed placements through the foster care system, my wife and I decided to pursue private adoption. We spoke with a number of attorneys, and decided to retain David Baum, who came highly recommended by a friend. Within two and a half months of meeting Dave, we met our daughter’s birthparents.
Dave’s extensive experience as a private adoption attorney allowed us to feel comfortable in trusting the process. We felt he genuinely cared about us, the birth parents, and making a successful match. He spent a considerable amount of time helping us develop our birthmother letter, a critical first step in securing a match. His meticulous attention to detail ensured that all aspects of the adoption went as smoothly as possible. He was extremely responsive, replying to all of our communications immediately. His guidance throughout the process was invaluable, and his high ethical standards were evident throughout our experience with him.
Within 5 months of bringing our daughter home from the hospital, our adoption was finalized. Our family is enjoying the best holiday season ever, due in large part to David Baum. We have recommended him already to a number of prospective adoptive parents.”
Our experience with David Baum and his staff was nothing less than exemplary. We actually nicknamed David ” The Maven”, which means an expert or connoisseur. There is absolutely no way ,on Gods Green Earth, we would have our precious daughter , without Davids guidance and expertise.
My husband and I were working with an agency in the Bay Area that got us into a very difficult situation. David was able to come in pick up the pieces, hold the agency accountable and make sense of it all.
David was able to file the never ending paperwork expediently. We found him to be engaging, competent and proficient. His humor and wisdom allowed us to feel as if we had a friend in our corner, rather than on opposite sides of the boxing ring. His grace and compassion empowered us to persevere and to finalize the process of the adoption. We are FOREVER grateful to David Baum!”