State Adoption Information

If you're considering taking on the parental responsibility of another person, whether a child or adult, there are a number of questions and factors you're probably weighing. Do you have the time and resources to meet your obligations? How will this adoption impact your existing family relationships? What future will this child or adult face if you don't move forward with the adoption? Perhaps the biggest unknown is how the adoption process in your state works.

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available, at the national level and within your local community, to help you through this process. Whether you're still weighing adoption or have already started the process, below you'll find specific online information on adoption in your state to help you going forward.

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National

  • Adoption (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
  • AdoptUSkids (working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

  • Adoption/Foster Parents (Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources)
  • FAQs (West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Wisconsin

Get A Free Initial Review Of Your Adoption Issue

Each state has its own process for adopting children and, as you can see, there are many different resources available depending on where you live. Perhaps the strongest resource, however, is the advice and representation you can receive from an experienced family law attorney. An attorney, after all, can not only help you during the adoption process, but also with what can arise after the adoption is completed. Learn more by arranging an initial review of your matter with a local attorney at absolutely no charge.

Next Steps

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