Adoption in Stockton, CA
Stockton Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
Stockton, Calif., may be a lesser-known city than some of its more famous California neighbors. But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of resources for someone considering adoption in Stockton.
When you’re a hopeful parent, adoption can be an amazing way to start or grow your family. Whether you have come to adoption after a long struggle with infertility or out of a sense of calling, there are professionals and resources at your disposal in Stockton.
If you are a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you most likely hadn’t thought about adoption until this unexpected event. There’s a lot to learn, and we are sure it feels overwhelming. We want you to know that adoption can be the best option if you know that parenting won’t work for you, and that there are organizations that can help.
This guide to Stockton adoption will cover some of the most important information you need to know about choosing adoption in your city. If you have more questions or feel ready to start the process, you can contact us online at any time to speak with an adoption specialist.
Adoption in Stockton
Let’s start with one of the most important choices you’ll make in the entire process: choosing a professional.
You don’t have to figure out adoption on your own. The best way to ensure that you complete a safe, ethical and successful adoption is by working with a trusted adoption agency.
American Adoptions is a fully licensed national adoption agency. We have served hopeful parents and prospective birth parents for more than 25 years, and we would be honored to serve you during your adoption in Stockton.
In those 25 years, we have continually learned more about adoption and improved the experience of the adoption process for everyone involved. The result is that thousands of families have been created and thousands of birth parents have been supported with care and respect.
American Adoptions can be your agency for your Stockton adoption. Contact us today to find out more.
Adoption Agencies in Stockton
There are many other potential adoption agencies that could serve you in Stockton. We’d encourage you to research all of your options and find one that will be best for you. This is a personal decision, so what’s best for one person may not be right for another.
There are several types of adoption agencies you could choose to work with, and is the one you choose will be based on the type of adoption you are pursuing. Here’s what you need to know about the different adoption agencies in your area.
Domestic (Private) Adoption Agencies in Stockton
Domestic agencies, also called private adoption agencies, specialize in the domestic infant adoption process. If you are a woman choosing adoption for your baby, this is the type of agency for you. Hopeful parents who dream of adopting a newborn from the U.S. should work with a domestic adoption agency, too.
There are national adoption agencies, like American Adoptions, and smaller, local adoption agencies. Each has pros and cons, and the choice of which type to work with will depend on your priorities. For instance, local agencies may allow you to meet in-person with your social worker, while national agencies can offer lower average wait times for an adoption opportunity.
American Adoptions is one such national agency. Our size and scope allow us to offer a number of beneficial services you won't find at most smaller local agencies, like 24/7 services and support for prospective birth parents and financial protection from adoption disruptions for hopeful adoptive families. But we offer many of the same advantages of a nearby professional, too; in fact, with offices located just a couple hours away in Fresno, you don't have to sacrifice local convenience and personal service to take advantage of our program. Our Fresno offices are located at:
7257 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720
To learn more about American Adoptions' services for those pursuing adoption in Stockton, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information here.
Foster Care Adoption Agencies in Stockton
If you are open to adopting an older child, foster care adoption might be a good path for your family. There are many children in California’s foster care system that are waiting for a family through adoption. Stockton adoption agencies that specialize in foster care adoption can assist you in this process:
- Family Connections Christian Adoptions
- Sierra Forever Families
- Koinonia Family Services
- Human Services Agency of San Joaquin County
International Adoption Agencies in Stockton
International adoption is a third route for hopeful parents. All adoption processes can be complicated, and this is especially true for international adoption. There’s long-distance travel, immigration visas, international law and more to navigate.
Here are several international agencies that can help you with your international adoption in Stockton:
Stockton Adoption Attorneys
Along with your adoption agency, you’ll most likely need to work with an adoption attorney. There are many legal requirements to adoption, and an adoption attorney is one of the best ways you can be sure those requirements are met.
When you work with American Adoptions, we are able to recommend an attorney from our trusted national network. You can also look for an attorney on your own, and you’ll be able to find several in the Stockton area:
Home Study Providers for Adoption in Stockton
Adoptive parents are required to complete a home study for adoption near the start of the process. This is required for all types of adoption. When you work with American Adoptions, your adoption specialist can help prepare you for a successful home study, which makes the home study, what many find to be one of the more stressful parts of the process, much easier.
You will need to work with a local, licensed home study provider for this part of the process. California-based home study providers that could assist with your adoption in Stockton include:
- Family Connections Christian Adoptions
- Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
- Alpha Adoption Centers
Maternity Hospitals in Stockton
As a prospective birth mother, you are in charge of your adoption process. You create an adoption plan, choose the adoptive family and decide where you would like to give birth. There are a couple options when you are planning your adoption in Stockton.
We would recommend taking an in-person visit to a hospital before choosing it. You could even ask for a tour of the birthing suite. Here are a few local options to consider:
Courts for Stockton Adoption Finalization
Adoption finalization happens after the adoptive family has been placed with their child. After a series of post-placement visits, a judge will review the adoption process and make sure that it has correctly followed the law. Once the judge is satisfied, they will issue a final decree of adoption.
For your adoption in Stockton, you will most likely go to the County of San Joaquin Court to receive your final decree of adoption.
Things to Do in Stockton
Are you traveling from out of state for an adoption placement in Stockton? If so, you should plan on staying in the city for several weeks. Adoptions where the child is born in a different state than the parents’ state of residence are subject to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The paperwork processing for this can take a couple weeks. During this time, you cannot leave your child’s birth state.
Here are some things to do in Stockton while waiting to return home:
- Historic Bob Hope Theater
- The Haggin Museum
- Louis Park
- Banner Island Ballpark
- Downtown Stockton Marina
- Stockton’s Best Restaurants
Contact Us Today
Do you have more questions about adoption in Stockton with our agency? Are you ready to begin your adoption process today? Please reach out by calling 1-800-ADOPTION. We are available 24/7 and would be happy to help.
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