As the state’s capital, Lansing, Michigan has plenty to offer. It can be difficult, however, to find adoption resources relevant to a specific area all located in one place. Since adoption laws vary by state, and since we know it’s important to know what’s available to you in your city, we’ve compiled this list of Lansing adoption resources for your convenience. Happy researching!
American Adoptions is a full-service, national adoption agency. This means we can fulfill all of your Lansing adoption needs, from providing free counseling to pregnant women to facilitating contact between birth parents and adoptive parents after placement has occurred. If, however, you’d like to research other adoption professionals, Lansing does have a few options:
In every adoption, an attorney will be needed to make sure all legal and ethical guidelines are followed. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted adoption attorney. If not, you may want to begin your search by contacting some of the following Lansing adoption lawyers:
At American Adoptions, we specialize in private domestic adoption. However, we’re happy to connect you with foster care professionals if you’re interested in foster parenting or adopting from Michigan’s foster care system.
No matter which kind of adoption you pursue, you’ll be required to undergo an adoption home study before you can bring a child into your home. A home study provider will interview every member of your family as well as assess your home and background to ensure that your family is ready to go through adoption. This can be scary, but remember: Your home study provider is just there to help!
If you’re interested in adopting internationally, your first step should be to determine which country or countries you’re interested in adopting from. Once you’ve narrowed this down, Bethany Christian Services is an option for Lansing families who wish to adopt from overseas.
If you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption in Lansing, you’ll need to make a hospital plan. Like all women, you’ll need to plan how you want your birthing experience to go, but your hospital plan will also consider other details, like if you’d like the adoptive parents to be in the delivery room or if you want time alone with your baby.
If you’re traveling to Lansing to pursue an adoption, you can expect the pregnant woman you’ve matched with to give birth in one of the following locations:
Before an adoption is finished, a judge must issue a final decree of adoption. He or she will hear the details of the adoption and ensure that the birth parents’ rights were terminated legally and ethically and that adoption is in the child’s best interests. In Lansing, you can expect your finalization hearing to take place in the county in which you live.
If you travel from out of town to adopt in Lansing, you may be required to stick around while all the legal clearances are made. If this is the case, though, you don’t have to sit around in your hotel room. Get out and explore the area!
For more information about adoption in Lansing, call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a social worker.
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