Finding adoption resources that cater specifically to your area isn’t easy. With this in mind, then, we’ve compiled a list of professionals and sources for those pursuing adoption in Grand Rapids. Happy researching!
As a full-service national adoption agency, American Adoptions is ready to fulfill all of your Grand Rapids adoption needs. From providing counseling to pregnant woman who are unsure of their unplanned pregnancy options to helping adoptive parents and birth parents maintain contact after placement, we do it all. However, if you’re interested in researching other professionals in the Grand Rapids area, contact:
Every adoption will require the services of an attorney to make sure all laws are adhered to. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted attorney, a service that’s included in your overall cost estimate. If, however, you work with another professional, you may want to begin reaching out to the following Grand Rapids adoption attorneys:
At American Adoptions, we work only in private domestic adoptions, which means we aren’t involved with foster care. However, we’re more than happy to connect you with foster care resources in Grand Rapids. Here are some places to start:
In every adoption scenario, a family will be required to have a home study before they’re eligible to adopt. A social worker will enter the family’s home, interview them and review background checks and records to evaluate their readiness to adopt. It can be intimidating, but remember, your home study provider is actually there to help you! In Grand Rapids, you may work with either of the following professionals:
If you’re interested in pursuing international adoption, the first step is to decide which country or countries you’re interested in adopting from. Once this is narrowed down, you can contact any of the following Grand Rapids overseas adoption professionals:
If you’re an adoptive family traveling to Grand Rapids to adopt, you can expect to meet your little one in one of the local hospitals. Remember, the hospital visit will go exactly how the birth mother wishes it to. She’ll decide not only the normal details of a birth plan, such as how to deliver and whether or not to take pain medication, but she’ll also decide if she wants time alone with her baby or if she wants you in the room. Remember to be considerate of her wishes.
Before an adoption is complete, a judge must issues a final decree of adoption. In Grand Rapids, your baby’s finalization hearing will take place in your local county courthouse:
If you’re traveling from a different state to complete an adoption in Grand Rapids, you may be required to stay in town with your baby while all the legal proceedings play out. That doesn’t mean you have to sit in your hotel, though. Grand Rapids has plenty of attractions to get you outside!
For more information about adoption in Grand Rapids, call 1-800-ADOPTION any time.
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