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Adoption Support Groups in  South Carolina Please feel free to contact me, Dr Vince Berger, at Adoption Services if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way Adoption Support Groups in  South Carolina

Adoption Support Groups in South Carolina
For Adopting Families

If you are a pregnant woman please visit pregnancy support groups.

If you are a birth mother please visit adoption support groups for birth mothers in South Carolina.

If you are an adopting family looking for support groups in South Carolina you are in the right place.

We understand there are many reasons that you may be looking for support groups. To better assist you and make sure your questions and concerns are addressed, in addition to listing the adoption support groups for South Carolina listed at the bottom of the page, we have provided additional resource information that we feel you may be looking for.  To find more information on these subjects, simply click the blue links.

Starting the Adoption Process

Among the most common things you, as an adopting family, may be looking for is information on "how to adopt a child" whether to use an adoption facilitator, whether to engage in a private adoption or adoption agency, the limitations and requirements for adoption, what to consider in selecting an adoption agency, where to find licensed adoption agencies in South Carolina, and the laws relating to what you can and cannot do when adopting a child in South Carolina.

Child Adoption Laws in South Carolina

Understanding the child adoption laws in South Carolina can greatly increase your chances of successfully adopting a child. Important legal concerns include the giving of support or gifts to a birth mother or birth father, fees paid to an adoption agency, attorney, or other intermediary, the legality of using an adoption facilitator, the legal rights of the birth parents and the adopting family, and the critical issues of a disruption and the ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).  For example, using our most recent update, in South Carolina:

*Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators:  No one other than a parent, guardian, or agency may place a minor for adoption. No one other than a parent, guardian, agency, or an adoption facilitator may solicit potential adoptive parents for children in need of adoption. No one other than an agency or an adoption facilitator, or an individual with a completed preplacement assessment that contains a finding that the individual is suitable to be an adoptive parent or that individual's immediate family, may solicit for adoption a potential adoptee.

*Birth Parent Expenses Allowed:  Medical, hospital, pharmaceutical, nursing, and travel expenses connected to the pregnancy and birth, counseling services for the parent or adopted person, ordinary living expenses, legal and court costs.  Living expenses may not be paid beyond 6 weeks after the birth of the child.

*When Consent Can Be Executed:  The mother of a minor child may execute a consent to adoption at any time after the child is born but not sooner.  A man whose consent is required under § 48-3-601 may execute a consent to adoption either before or after the child is born.

*A consent is final and irrevocable except under a circumstance set forth in the law.

*Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers:  The putative father must file within 15 days of receiving notice of the mother's intent to place the child for adoption.

Who and Where to Adopt

You may be looking for the differences in the waiting period, effort, cost, and success rates involved in adopting children within your state or in other states (domestic adoption) or even from other countries (international adoption) in order to determine which type of adoption will work for you.  Some specific choices you may want to consider, as the waiting lists tend to be shorter, are special needs adoption, bi-racial and trans-racial adoption, and older children (generally from one to 15 years of age) from the South Carolina child welfare and foster care systems. The more open you are in the type and age of child you are looking to adopt the better your chances of success. You should also decide before contacting an adoption agency whether you want an open adoption or closed adoption.

Helping Hands

In addition to the adoption support groups shown below, there are many sources of help available to you in South Carolina. For example, we are always happy to take your calls and offer you help and information (contact us). There are local and private as well as state and federal government resources that can provide financial and medical information and help.  South Carolina also has the South Carolina adoption exchange or photo listing program and an South Carolina adoption contact office.

Parenting Your Adopted Child

You may also be looking for information on special problems in raising an adopted child and being the best possible parent you can be. This may include explaining adoption to your child, family, friends and others. It could also include dealing with special emotional and developmental issues, or adoption and school problems, or issues involving adoption therapy and finding a therapist who specializes in working with adopted children and their families. Then again you may be looking for information on infant nutrition or birth records or one of a myriad of other questions.

National Level Adoption Support Groups

American Adoption Congress is composed of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform.

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA) is for families who have adopted, or are in the process of adoption, from Russia and former Soviet Union countries.

Families with Children from China is a non-denominational organization of families who have adopted children from China.

Guatemala Adoptive Families Network initiates and supports the adoption of Guatemalan children.

National Adoption Center attempts to facilitate the adoption of children in the U. S., particularly children with special needs and those from minority cultures.

North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.

Resolve is dedicated to providing education, advocacy, and support to those who face infertility.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information on all aspects of both domestic and international adoption.

Adoption Support Groups in South Carolina

COAC - Support Group
209 N. Crossing Dr.
Columbia, SC 29229
Phone: 803-699-4725/803-256-2622

Kershaw County Foster Parent Association
50 Nature Lane
Elgin, SC 29045
Phone: 803-408-0686

Parents of Children with Attachment/Bonding Issues
P O Box 11463
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 800-822-0877

SC Council on Adoptable Children

2005 Hampton St., Suite . F
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-865-1949/803-256-2622

South Carolina Foster/Adoptive Parents Association

PO Box 39
Elgin, SC 29045
Phone: 803-865-2020

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