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Adoption in Riverside, CA

Riverside Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More

Adoption is a life-changing process. It’s also a complicated process, as anyone considering adoption already knows. There’s a lot to learn.

  • How does adoption work?
  • How do I know if adoption is right for me?
  • How much does adoption cost?
  • Who can help me complete an adoption?
  • What resources are out there?
  • Who do I need to work with?

These are questions that hopeful adoptive parents and prospective birth parents have about adoption in Riverside. If you are a hopeful parent, adoption could be a great way to start or grow your family. There are professionals who can help you complete your adoption in Riverside, and this guide will help you get started.

When you’re a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, it can be challenging to choose your next step. You may know that parenting is not an option. What should you do now? Many women choose adoption as a way to move forward with their lives while also giving their baby the opportunity to live a wonderful life, full of opportunity. This guide to Riverside adoption will help you understand how to get started in the adoption process and more.

If you have more questions while reading, you can contact us online to speak with a helpful adoption specialist.

Adoption in Riverside

You don’t have to figure out adoption on your own. American Adoptions is a fully licensed national adoption agency. We are also a full-service agency. What does that mean?

Fully licensed: Our work is regularly reviewed and held to high legal standards. We always do adoption the right way, and you can trust us.

National: Our adoption specialists work across the country to find you the best possible adoption opportunity.

Full-service: We can provide guidance, support and assistance from start to finish.

American Adoptions has proudly served prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive parents for more than 25 years. In that time, we have helped create thousands of families. Our large and experienced team provides incredible service.

If you are a prospective birth mother or hopeful parent considering adoption in Riverside, we would be honored to serve you. You can contact us today to learn more.

Riverside Adoption Agencies

The adoption agency you choose to work with can make or break your experience during the adoption process. As we said above, American Adoptions is a national adoption agency that can assist in your Riverside adoption.

We also know that we’re not your only option. It’s a good idea for anyone considering adoption to research all possible choices and come to a personal decision. You deserve to work with the adoption agency you feel is going to be the best fit.

There are several different types of adoption agencies, and these are based on the type of adoption you choose. Take your time learning about each type of adoption and deciding which will be best for your family. Once you have made that choice, you can choose a corresponding type of adoption agency.

Domestic Adoption Agencies in Riverside

This type of Riverside adoption agency works with prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents in the domestic infant adoption process. If you are creating an adoption plan for your baby, or if you hope to adopt a baby in the U.S., then this type of adoption is for you.

There are national domestic adoption agencies, like American Adoptions, and there are also local adoption agencies. Local agencies work within a specific county or state. Some people prefer working with an agency whose office they can visit and social workers they can see face-to-face, so they will choose a local agency. On the other hand, national agencies tend to offer lower wait times and greater financial security, which are high priorities for many people. You will have to determine your priorities and then decide which type of domestic agency is best.

But, if you're torn, American Adoptions can offer the best of both worlds. We are a leading national agency, which means we can offer services many smaller local professionals just can't beat. This includes things like 24/7 availability to pregnant women considering adoption, as well as financial protection for adoptive parents in the event of a disruption. And Riverside residents can enjoy all of these benefits without sacrificing the local convenience and expertise of working with a nearby professional. That's because American Adoptions happens to have California offices located just an hour away, in nearby sunny Los Angeles. Our LA offices are located at: 

633 West 5th Street
26th and 27th Floors
Los Angeles, CA 90071

When it comes to domestic infant adoption in Riverside, CA, there's no better professional to guide you through it than American Adoptions. Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information online to learn more about our services or start your adoption journey today.

Riverside Foster Care Agencies

Foster care adoption is a second option for a hopeful parent. There are thousands of children in California’s foster care system waiting for a family through adoption. Many of these children are older, so you will need to be open to adopting an older child.

There is an overwhelming need for safe foster families who are able to adopt waiting children. If this could be you, a local foster agency could assist in your Riverside adoption from foster care.

International Adoption Agencies in Riverside

Some families turn to international adoption as a way to start or grow their family. This type of adoption has been in decline since its peak in 2004 for a variety of complicated reasons. Still, thousands of American families complete international adoptions each year. It could be the right option for you. If so, you’ll need to work with an international adoption agency in Riverside.

You could consider:

Riverside Adoption Attorneys

You will also work with an adoption attorney for parts of your Riverside adoption process. Adoption has many legal requirements. Steps have to be followed and documented according to state and federal laws, and there’s also a lot of paperwork to file. An adoption attorney can ensure that your process has met all of the necessary legal requirements.

There are several Riverside adoption attorneys you could consider working with:

Riverside Adoption Home Study Providers

A home study is required for all the different types of adoption. This step is for the hopeful adoptive family, not the prospective birth mother.

An adoption home study is conducted by a social worker from a licensed organization. The social worker will visit your house and conduct an assessment to ensure it is safe for a child. Then, there is a home study interview, during which the social worker will interview you, your partner and, potentially, other family members. All of this is done to ensure that you are equipped for placement with a child.

There are several licensed home study providers you could work with during your adoption in Riverside:

Maternity Hospitals in Riverside

Your hospital plan is one of the most critical elements of your adoption plan. Everything should be how you want it when the time comes to give birth. With the help of an adoption specialist, you can create a hospital plan that determines things like:

  • How much contact you will have with the adoptive family
  • How long you would like to spend with your baby before placement
  • The way in which you will execute your official consent to adoption
  • And, of course, where you would like to give birth

There are several hospital options for your adoption in Riverside:

Adoption Courts in Riverside

The last step of the adoption process for hopeful parents is adoption finalization. This part of the process typically occurs six months after placement.

After the adoptive parents are placed with the baby, a social worker will follow up with several post-placement visits to see how everyone is doing. From these visits, the social worker will produce a written report. The report and other important documents are then submitted to a judge, who will issue a final decree of adoption.

It’s common for families to attend this adoption finalization hearing and treat it as a celebratory moment. For your adoption in Riverside, you will most likely go to the Riverside County Court to receive your final decree of adoption.

Things to Do in Riverside

If you are traveling from out of state for your Riverside adoption placement, you will need to stay in the area for a couple weeks. Adoptions where the child is born in a different state than that of the adoptive parents are subject to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). ICPC paperwork may take a while to complete. During this time, you will need to stay in the state of your child’s birth.

Don’t waste the time just sitting around. Here are a few places in Riverside to check out:

Contact Us Today

You can get in touch with American Adoptions at any time if you have more questions about adoption in Riverside with our agency, or if you are ready to start your Riverside adoption process today. Call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist. 

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