Adoption in Des Moines
Des Moines Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
If you’re thinking about adoption in Des Moines — whether you’re a pregnant woman or a hopeful adoptive parent — it’s likely that you have some questions. There’s a lot of information out there, and because adoption laws vary from state to state, it can be tough to find resources specific to your area. With that in mind, we at American Adoptions have compiled a list of all the professionals you’ll need to complete a Des Moines adoption.
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Des Moines Adoption Agencies
As a private domestic adoption agency, American Adoptions is fully equipped to complete a Des Moines adoption. From counseling pregnant women about their unplanned pregnancy options to facilitating postplacement contact, we do it all. If, however, you’re interested in researching other professionals in the area, this list is a good starting point:
Des Moines Adoption Attorneys
Every party in an adoption will need the services of an attorney to ensure that all laws are adhered to. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted adoption attorney. If not, you can begin by researching the following Des Moines law firms:
Des Moines Foster Care Professionals
American Adoptions completes private adoptions, and therefore isn’t involved with Iowa’s foster care system. However, if you think you might be interested in foster parenting or adopting an older child from foster care in Des Moines, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the following foster care professionals:
Des Moines Home Study Providers
Before a family can complete any sort of adoption in Iowa, they must undergo an adoption home study, which includes background checks, a home inspection, and interviews with each family member living in the home. It can sound intimidating, but don’t worry — any of the following Des Moines adoption home study professionals will make the process a breeze:
Des Moines International Adoption Agencies
American Adoptions works only to complete domestic adoptions, but you can contact either of the following agencies if you’re interested in adopting from another country:
Des Moines Hospitals
If you’re a pregnant woman thinking about adoption in Des Moines, you’ll have a few additional details to consider for your birth plan. Your adoption specialist will work with you to determine exactly how you want the day to go: Do you want the adoptive family in the room? Would you like time alone with your baby? Who should leave the hospital first? It can be intimidating, but by lining out everything according to your preferences before the day comes, you can ensure that all of your needs are met.
If you’re an adoptive family traveling to Des Moines to meet the newest member of your family, you can expect for that to happen at one of the following hospitals:
Des Moines Courts
Before an adoption is complete, a judge must hear the case and, assuming that everything has been completed legally and ethically, issue a final decree of adoption. If you adopt in the Des Moines area, this will happen at the courthouse in either Polk County or Warren County.
Des Moines Tourist Attractions
If you travel from out of state to adopt in Des Moines, you may have to stick around for a few days while interstate requirements are met. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to venture out from your hotel room and explore the city!
For more information about adoption in Des Moines with our agency, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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