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Adoption in Hawaii

Hawaii Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More

Finding adoption resources local to you can be difficult when you live in the continental United States, but living on the Big Island makes the process especially difficult. However, because adoption laws vary by state, it can be invaluable to have resources close to you. To help you with this process, we’ve compiled the following guide to Hawaii adoption on the main island.

Hawaii Adoption Agencies

As a full-service, national adoption agency, American Adoptions can complete every step of an adoption in Hawaii, from matching pregnant women and adoptive families to helping pregnant women receive counseling after placement. To learn more or to start the process, contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.

Hawaii Adoption Attorneys

Whether you’re a hopeful adoptive parent or a pregnant mother thinking about adoption, you’ll need an attorney to make sure your legal interests are represented. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted adoption attorney. If not, you’ll want to contact the following firms:

Hawaii Foster Care Professionals

American Adoptions is not involved with the foster care system, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a process that’s very important to us. If you think you may be interested in foster parenting or adopting an older child from foster care in Hawaii, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the following agencies:

Hawaii Home Study Providers

Before a family is eligible to adopt a child in Hawaii, they must first undergo an adoption home study. This takes part in three phases: a documentation stage, a home inspection and interviews with every family member that lives in the home. If you live on the Big Island, this will most likely be completed by one of the following professionals:

Hawaii International Adoption Agencies

American Adoptions works only to complete adoptions within the United States, but if you’re interested in adopting from another country, Hawaii has professionals that can facilitate this process, as well:

Hawaii Hospitals

If you travel from out of town to adopt from a pregnant woman in Hawaii, you can expect to meet the newest member of your family at one of the following locations. Remember to check with your adoption specialist beforehand to see what the prospective birth mother is comfortable with, but it may be helpful to have a camera on hand!

Hawaii Courts

Before your Hawaii adoption is complete, you’ll have to undergo an adoption finalization hearing. This gives a judge a chance to hear your case and ensure that the adoption is in the child’s best interests before signing a final decree of adoption. On the big island, this will happen at the Kona courthouse.

Hawaii Tourist Attractions

If you travel from out of state to adopt in Hawaii, you’ll be required to stick around while interstate laws play out. If that’s the case, though, you’re free to get out and explore one of the most beautiful places in the world!

To learn more about adoption in Hawaii with our agency, please contact American Adoptions anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION. 

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