What You Need to Know About Adoption in NC
Are you wondering how to adopt a child in North Carolina or how to “give a child up” for adoption in North Carolina? No matter where you are in your adoption journey, know that the law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley can help.
Adoption in North Carolina, as it is everywhere else in the U.S., is a great decision and commitment to make, which is why we encourage all of those considering adoption to contact our adoption attorneys at 704-702-0300. We can give you all the information you need to make an educated decision about your adoption process, whether you’re a prospective adoptive parent or a pregnant woman considering adoption in North Carolina. Our law offices are centrally located in Charlotte, and we have the ability to complete adoptions throughout the state of North Carolina, providing the same quality of work and dedication no matter where you are located.
While you can always contact our law offices for more information, we’ve also provided some basic information about adoption in North Carolina in this article to help you better understand this process.
Requirements for Adoption in NC
Before you adopt a child in North Carolina or place a child for adoption in North Carolina, there are certain requirements you must meet. These requirements are set by North Carolina adoption laws to ensure that every party in an adoption has their rights protected during this intimate and life-changing process.
Because these laws are always subject to change, we encourage you to contact our adoption attorneys to find out what the most current adoption laws in North Carolina are — and how they may affect your adoption process.
Requirements for Adopting a Child in NC
Before you can adopt a child in North Carolina, it’s important that you decide exactly which adoption process is right for you, as the steps will be different depending on which path you choose. Our adoption attorneys can always explain the different requirements that come with each adoption process (from private domestic infant adoption to stepparent adoption), which should help you understand which adoption process is best for your family.
In general, those wishing to adopt a child in North Carolina must be an adult (over 18 years old). Spouses may not adopt each other, although you can adopt other adults.
You will also likely need to undergo certain background clearances and complete a home study investigation if you are adopting a child who is not related to you (stepparent and relative adoptions usually require less strict background checks). Whatever specific requirements you’ll have to meet will depend upon the type of North Carolina adoption you choose to pursue.
Requirements for Placing a Child for Adoption in NC
If you’re considering placing a child for adoption in North Carolina, you always have the right to make the decision that’s best for you and your baby. Whether you’d like to place your infant for adoption through private domestic adoption or place your child with a stepparent or relative, the attorneys at Claiborne|Fox|Bradley can help you understand exactly what’s involved and what your legal rights are throughout the process. To learn more about placing a baby for adoption in North Carolina, please call us today for free and with no obligation at 704-702-0300.
Just as there are North Carolina adoption laws for those who wish to adopt, there are also laws that will affect you as a prospective birth mother. We can explain these laws to you and help you through the legal process, including terminating your parental rights, signing your adoption consent and creating a post-placement contact agreement, if you desire. We’ll also help you navigate any complications with the birth father in your adoption.
Home Study Providers for Adoption in NC
When you decide to become an adoptive parent, part of North Carolina’s requirements include completing a home study investigation. A home study is when a trained social worker visits your home to interview your household members, making sure that you are all prepared and excited for the prospect of bringing an adopted child home. In many cases, your home study must be completed before you can become active for matching with a North Carolina adoption opportunity.
Fortunately, there are many North Carolina home study providers available to you, including our top recommendation which serves the entire state:
Other options for the home study include:
There may be additional local home study providers in your city, as this is not an extensive list of all the home study providers in North Carolina. As always, we encourage prospective adoptive parents to do diligent research to find the home study professional that’s right for them.
North Carolina Adoption Professionals
Whether you’re a prospective adoptive parent or a pregnant woman considering adoption, you will need an adoption attorney in North Carolina to help you through your adoption process. That’s why the law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley is prepared to serve all of your legal needs during this emotional journey. However, we are also happy to refer you to additional North Carolina adoption professionals for services that we may not be able to provide.
North Carolina Adoption Agencies
If you’re looking for matching services or professional counseling from an adoption professional, you may consider an adoption agency in North Carolina. These professionals can manage your adoption process from start to finish and can keep the process as stress-free and positive as possible for you.
Many of our clients choose to work with adoption agencies for this assistance, as well as the matching services they can provide. While our adoption attorneys can provide guidance for finding an adoption opportunity or an adoptive family, some adoption agencies may have a larger outreach and a more developed program to help you find the perfect match.
It’s important that your choice of adoption agency is entirely up to you, but here are just a few of the adoption placement agencies we commonly work with in North Carolina:
- Quiver Full Adoptions (SC licensed agency)
- American Adoptions (licensed in multiple states such as KS)
- A Child’s Hope
- Lifetime Adoptions (FL licensed agency)
- Adoption Choices of Arizona
- Lutheran Services Carolinas
Foster Care Adoption Agencies and Resources in NC
For those who are looking to adopt a child from foster care, you’ll need to work with a foster care adoption agency in North Carolina to reach your adoption goals. This agency will help you complete the necessary training and background checks to be cleared to adopt a child from the foster care system, as well as help you find the perfect adoption opportunity for your family.
While we can complete your legal process of foster care adoption in North Carolina, you’ll want to work with one of these local foster care adoption agencies to learn more about the other aspects of foster care adoption:
- Lutheran Services Carolinas
- North Carolina Division of Social Services
- Children’s Home Society of North Carolina
- The Bair Foundation Child & Family Ministries
Other Adoption Support and Consulting Resources
- The Family Building Project
- Adoption Information Services
- A Step Ahead Adoption Consulting
- Adoption Support Alliance
- Creating A Family
- Adoption Options Consulting, LLC
Start Your Adoption in NC Today
When it comes to adoption in North Carolina, there are many experienced, trustworthy professionals available to help you complete your adoption process. While we’ve only listed a few of them in this article, we’re happy to provide you additional referrals for other national and local adoption professionals who can help you through this process. You always have the right to choose the adoption professional that’s best for you family, and that will likely include some extensive research of all the options available to you.
As always, you are free to give our law firm a call at 704-702-0300, no matter where you’re at in your adoption decision. We can provide you information about how adoption works in North Carolina and, when you’re ready, serve as your adoption attorney in North Carolina and represent your interests and rights throughout the process.
To get started, please contact us today.