If you’re interested in pursuing adoption in Fort Smith, it can be difficult to find resources that pertain to you all in one place. To that end, we’ve created a cheat sheet of sorts to direct you wherever you need to go to find information about Fort Smith adoption.
As a full service adoption agency, we’re admittedly a little partial to our own services at American Adoptions, which include everything from counseling for pregnant women to home studies for adoptive families. However, if you’re interested in other Fort Smith adoption agencies, you do have other options:
To help you complete an adoption, you’ll need a trusted attorney. Your adoption professional should help to connect you with one, but here are a few of your Fort Smith options to jump start your research:
If you’d prefer to adopt from the foster care system or become a foster parent instead of pursuing a private adoption, you’ll want to connect with one of the following Fort Smith foster care agencies to start that process:
At American Adoptions, we provide all of our Arkansas adoptive families with home study services. We are also licensed to complete the Arkansas home study for Fort Smith families working with another adoption professional for matching services.
If you’d prefer to adopt internationally rather than domestically, a few international adoption agencies in Fort Smith are:
If you’re a pregnant women in Fort Smith, you’ll want your birth plan to include one of the area’s hospitals. Or, if you’re an adoptive family who has matched with a Fort Smith birth mother, you can expect to travel to one of the following hospitals to visit her and meet your baby:
One of the most exciting days for an adoptive family is the day of the finalization hearing, when your child becomes legally and irrevocably yours. In Fort Smith, you can expect this hearing to take place at the District Court of Sebastian County.
For adoptive parents traveling to Fort Smith from another state, you’ll need to prepare to be in town for a while as you wait for the legal proceedings to wrap up. While you’re around, check out:
For more information about pursuing adoption in Fort Smith, whether as a pregnant woman or a hopeful adoptive parent, please call 1-800-ADOPTION anytime to speak with an adoption professional.
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