Types of Agencies, Adoption Laws, and Financial & Medical Assistance Programs Listed by State
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By reading the information below then using the chart at the bottom of this page you will find information about everything from child adoption, adoption agencies, financial and medical assistance programs, and support groups.
Birth Parents and Adopting Families
Special Note for Birth Mothers - We have a section especially to assist you with everything from health and nutrition, to state and federal government medical and financial assistance. We will help you whether you are raising your baby yourself or are considering placing your child for adoption with us or some other agency. Please click the link [ Help For Birth Mothers] for information on how we can help you.
Special Note for Adopting Families - If you are looking for information on how to adopt, on adoption laws, about adoption agencies, the types of adoption, government programs or anything regarding child adoption, including how we at Adoption Services can help you, please read the sections below and then select your state of residence from the chart at the bottom of this page.
Domestic adoption involves adopting a US citizen/baby. If you both reside in the same state it is termed a domestic intrastate adoption and if you and the child reside in different states it is termed a domestic interstate adoption. The details of the process depend on the state(s) involved as well as the age and degree of cooperation of the birth mother and birth father.
International adoption involves adopting a child from a country other than the one where you reside. In an international adoption the laws of your state, of the US and foreign government, and the requirements of the Hague Convention all must be met.
The types of adoption include domestic or international adoption as mentioned above, but there are also several additional choices; e.g., a licensed child adoption agency a private adoption or adoption through a facilitator or from foster care. Then there is open adoption or closed adoption. It is very important that before you start the adoption process that you to learn and understand the consequences and possible outcomes of each of these types of adoption.
We at Adoption Services, Inc hope that you will want to use our services for your adoption, but we understand that different people have different needs and with that in mind here are links to adoption agencies across the USA.
The Home Study is a detailed evaluation of you, your spouse if you are married, your home, and surrounding environment and is required in all domestic and international adoptions with the only exception being (in some states) adoption by a close relative. Regardless of what type of adoption you choose, we are available (depending on your state of residence) to assist you with the home study itself or with home study information.
All 50 states' Adoption Exchanges provide you with the links and contact information to find children who are in the state foster care system and who are available for adoption.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in all 50 states can help assure your child of health insurance coverage. Additionally, Access to Health Insurance for Adopted Children is guaranteed by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 which mandates that adopted children the same access to health insurance as birth children.
Child Nutrition Programs in all U.S. states will help you understand many child nutrition issues and they provide low-cost and free food to children who qualify.
Child Welfare Offices can help you understand adoption law, regulations, and procedures. State child welfare agencies go by a variety of names, such as the Department of Human Resources, Department of Public Welfare, or the Department of Child Protective Services.
The State's Department of Education will help you identify early intervention programs and nutritional programs available to children.
The State's Department of Health can also be a good source of both health and nutrition information that can help with raising a child.
Each State's Adoption Contact can be a valuable source of information about adoption in general and more specifically about the state's child adoption program.
It is critical for you to understand the rights of all parties involved in the adoption process ( birth parents and adopting family), what is allowed and what is not, and what you can and can not do. If you do not understand the laws you risk having the adoption disrupted. We highly recommend you contact us, an adoption agency licensed in your state or an adoption attorney for the specifics BEFORE you start the adoption process. Keep in mind that additional laws may apply in international adoption or interstate adoptions or adoption of a child of American Indian heritage. Click the following link to read the each state's child adoption laws.
There are many types of federal and state government assistance programs that are available to assist parents of adopted children. These include the Federal Adoption Tax Credit, the Family and Medical Leave Act, benefits offered by some employers and state financial assistance programs.
Medical Assistance Programs includes information on medical conditions plus information on where you may be able to get free or discounted medical, dental and prescription care for your child.
Support Groups for Adopting Families provides you with a list of informational resources and support groups.
Raising your child requires that you understand infant nutrition, developmental issues, emotional issues and how to explain adoption to your child, family and friends. Adoption also raises special issues with schools for which you may want the help of a therapist that specializes in adoption.
Obtaining Birth Records can be difficult and confusing. The information in this section of our website is designed to help you with this process.
Assistance programs for children adopted from Foster Care come in two forms. Recurring and non-recurring and there are certain eligibility requirements.
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