If you’re thinking about adopting a child or placing a child for adoption in Memphis, you probably have a lot of questions — and the biggest one might be, “Where do I start?”
We know it isn’t always easy to find Memphis adoption professionals, services and information in one place. That’s why we created the following guide to adoption in Memphis, complete with a list of local adoption agencies, lawyers and more.
But you don’t have to piece together the adoption services you need from multiple Memphis adoption professional; you can simply contact American Adoptions. As a full-service adoption agency, we’re well-equipped to meet all of your Memphis adoption needs. To learn more about our services for adoption in Memphis, call 1-800-ADOPTION now, or learn more about your other local resources below.
American Adoptions is a full-service, national adoption agency. That means we can work with prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents through every step of the Memphis adoption process, from their first phone call through finalization and beyond.
Our Memphis adoption services include:
Free, 24/7 counseling for women facing an unplanned pregnancy
Screening for potential birth mothers and adoptive parents
Connecting expectant mothers with parents hoping to adopt
Educating all members of the adoption triad about open adoption and facilitating contact before and after placement
Helping pregnant women get the services and care they need throughout their pregnancies
Referrals to trusted professionals, like adoption attorneys and home study providers
Post-placement services for birth parents and adoptive families
A unique Risk-Sharing Program to protect families in the event of an adoption disruption
There are many benefits of completing your Memphis adoption with a national agency like American Adoptions. However, if you’d like to research other adoption agencies in the Memphis area, here are a few you might consider:
In addition to your adoption agency, your attorney will be an important part of your Memphis adoption process. He or she will guide you through the legal steps of the process, ensure your rights are protected and see that all Tennessee adoption laws are followed.
When you work with American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will connect you with a trusted Memphis adoption lawyer. Here are a few of the attorneys practicing adoption law in your area:
Becoming a foster parent or adopting a foster child is another rewarding family-building option. While American Adoptions focuses solely on private infant adoptions, there are several other professionals who can help you complete a foster care adoption in Memphis:
You can learn more about the Memphis foster care system through the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
While it’s not as common as it once was, international adoption is another option for hopeful parents. American Adoptions does not have an international adoption program, but Bethany Christian Services can complete this type of adoption in Memphis.
Whether you choose to grow your family through foster care, international adoption or domestic infant adoption in Memphis, you will need to complete a home study before a child can be placed in your care. The home study is essentially an overview of your life to ensure you are prepared to meet the needs of an adopted child.
Your home study will need to be completed by a Tennessee-licensed professional. Your American Adoptions specialist can refer you to a trusted home study worker in your area. The following organizations also offer Memphis adoption home study services:
The hospital stay is one of the most anticipated and emotional parts of the Memphis adoption process, both for prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents.
If you are pursuing adoption as a pregnant mother, your adoption specialist will help you prepare for your hospital experience by working with you to create a hospital plan. You’ll get to decide exactly how you want your labor and delivery experience to go, and the adoptive family you choose will be informed of your plan before the big day arrives.
Part of making your hospital plan is choosing where you’d like to give birth. Here are a few of your options for maternity hospitals in Memphis:
Parents adopting a child in Memphis must go through a legal process to finalize the adoption. Your adoption attorney will explain these finalization procedures to you and notify you when it is time for your finalization hearing, which will likely take place in one of the following county courts:
Adoption specialists are available to help you start the Memphis adoption process whenever you’re ready. Whether you are ready to take the next step or simply want to learn more about adoption in Memphis, you can contact our agency any time and with no obligation at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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