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Adoption in Modesto, CA

Modesto Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More

The city of Modesto, Calif., is a hidden gem. Most people associate California with the heavy hitters — Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland. But anyone who calls Modesto home knows that this midsize city is a great place to be.

People from all walks of life have made Modesto home. Many young couples here have dreams of starting a family. For some, adoption may be the best way to turn this dream into a reality.

There are also many women in Modesto who have experienced (or are experiencing) an unplanned pregnancy. This surprise can be incredibly disruptive, especially when you know that parenting is not an option right now. If you find yourself in this situation and are trying to figure out what to do, you could turn to adoption.

For both hopeful parents and women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, adoption in Modesto can be a life-changing decision. It’s a beautiful thing. Hopeful parents fulfill their dream of starting a family, while a woman makes a brave, loving decision that can create a better future for her and her baby.

If adoption in Modesto is in your future, you’re going to need to know about the local resources that can make this process possible. This guide will get you started with all of the most important information about Modesto adoption.

Adoption in Modesto

American Adoptions can provide the services you need to complete an adoption in Modesto. If you are a hopeful parent, this means things like:

  • Assistance in starting the adoption process
  • Guidance while completing the home study
  • Creating an adoptive family profile, including video
  • Finding the perfect adoption opportunity
  • Post-placement support
  • And more

And for prospective birth mothers, American Adoptions provides services such as:

We provide these services as a fully licensed, national adoption agency. This means we work across the country, and our work is reviewed by objective third parties and held to the highest legal standards. With more than 25 years of service under our belt, we would be honored to assist with your adoption in Modesto.

Modesto Adoption Agencies

Adoption starts with adoption agencies. As you can see above, agencies provide a lot of services to hopeful parents and prospective birth parents. Without this professional assistance, it can be much more difficult and riskier to complete an adoption.

American Adoptions can serve as your agency for an adoption in Modesto. We also encourage you to do your own research and see for yourself which agency is going to be the best fit for you. As you do this, here are some important things to know.

Types of Adoption Agencies

There’s more than one type of adoption for hopeful parents to choose from. Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you’ll pick a corresponding type of adoption agency. There are three primary types of adoption agencies.

Domestic Infant Agencies

Domestic infant adoption involves hopeful parents and a prospective birth mother who has voluntarily chosen adoption for her baby. The process is facilitated by a domestic infant adoption agency, also called a private adoption agency. If you are a hopeful parent who wants to adopt a newborn from the U.S., then domestic infant adoption is the right choice for you.

Within this category, there are local adoption agencies and national adoption agencies. You could work with either kind for your domestic infant adoption in Modesto. You can read more about local agencies and national agencies to determine which one is a better fit for you.

Here are several domestic infant adoption agencies you could work with:

Keep in mind that national adoption agencies, like American Adoptions, are often able to offer additional services and benefits beyond what local professionals can provide. Our size and scope allows us to go above and beyond for our clients with things like 24/7 avaialbility to prospective birth parents and an industry-leading financial protection program for adoptive parents in the event of an adoption disruption. But there's another added benefit for Modesto residents who choose our agency to guide them through this process: we have local offices located nearby in Fresno. Our California office is located at: 

7257 N. Maple Ave.
Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93720

Because of this, American Adoptions is able to offer prospective birth and adoptive parents in Modesto the best of both worlds: services you can only find at a large, national agency, but with the same personal feel and local convenience of a smaller, regional professional. To learn more or to start your adoption process today, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information here.

Foster Care Agencies

Foster care adoption in Modesto is another route available to hopeful parents. There are more than 14,000 children waiting to be adopted through the California foster care system. By adopting through foster care, you are meeting an existing need and starting your family.

If you are open to the possibility of adopting an older child, a foster care agency could assist you with your adoption in Modesto.

Here are several foster care agencies you could work with:

International Adoption Agencies

International adoption is a third option for hopeful parents. International adoptions by American families have been declining since 2004, as costs have risen and international laws have become more complex. However, there are still thousands of international adoption placements completed each year, and you may find this to be a great fit for your family.

If so, an international adoption agency in Modesto can help you complete this complicated process.

These international adoption agencies could assist in your Modesto adoption:

Other Modesto Adoption Professionals

The adoption process involves multiple moving parts and many contributing professionals. Along with your adoption agency, there are a couple other professionals you’ll work with during the process. American Adoptions has established national networks of trusted adoption professionals, and we are always happy to refer our clients to someone local in our network.

Adoption Attorneys

Adoption is a legal process, and almost every adoption requires the involvement of an adoption attorney. From filing paperwork with the state to assisting with adoption finalization, attorneys play an important role.

Below are several attorneys in the Modesto area that could provide assistance for your adoption process:

Home Study Providers

Every adoption, regardless of the type, requires a home study. This review of your lifestyle and living situation is meant to ensure that you are going to be a responsible caretaker for a child. The home study is conducted by licensed agencies, such as those found at

Local Hospitals for Prospective Birth Mothers

A prospective birth mother’s adoption plan is made up of many pieces, and one of the most important is the hospital plan. Giving birth is a monumental moment in any woman’s life. By creating a hospital plan, you ensure that things go the way you want them to.

A hospital plan will include things like how much contact you would like to have with the adoptive family at the hospital, how long you would like to spend with your baby before placement, and where you would like to give birth.

For your adoption in Modesto, you could consider several local hospitals:

Local Courts for Modesto Adoption Finalization

The adoptive family’s process is not over at placement. After placement occurs, there will be a series of post-placement visits conducted by a social worker, often from the same agency that provided services for your earlier adoption home study. The social worker will produce a report documenting how everyone appears to be adjusting to the placement. This report, along with other relevant documents, will be collected and presented to a judge, who will then issue a final decree of adoption at the  finalization hearing.

For your Modesto adoption finalization, you will most likely go to the Stanislaus County Superior Court, or one of the other two Stanislaus County Court locations.

Things to Do in Modesto

Hopeful parents traveling from out of state for an adoption in Modesto should plan on staying for several weeks. During that time, here are a few places to check out and things to do in Modesto:

Contact Us Today

There’s a lot to learn about adoption in Modesto. If you are a prospective birth mother or hopeful parent considering adoption, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can call us anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION or request more free information online, here for prospective birth mothers and here for hopeful parents.

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