Both birth parents and adoptive parents often prefer independent adoption to agency adoption.  This option ensures that each has their own attorney who is looking out for their interests.  Generally, birth parents want to have control of choosing who will raise their child. In independent adoption, they are the decision-makers regarding the future of their child and they are supported in making this decision. 

Adoptive parents are often frustrated by criteria and requirements imposed by many agencies. Many agencies have lengthy waiting periods, and adoptive parents are often uncomfortable waiting for someone else to do the work of establishing their family. 

The greater sense of control and involvement in the decision-making process is the primary reason both birthparents and adoptive parents choose independent adoption. They each want, and should have, an advocate to support them throughout this process.