You`re interested in adoption, but you're not sure where to start. In Connecticut, you have several options for adoption available. The first thing you must decide is the type of adoption you are interested in. Do you want an infant or an older child? Do you want to adopt domestically or internationally? These decisions will determine where you start.
If you are interested in adopting an infant you may contact the Adoption Resource Center of Connecticut to find an attorney or agency.
If you are interested in international adoption, you must first research and decide which country you want to adopt from. Each country has its own laws and regulations, so finding an adoption agency that knows the laws of that country is crucial to a successful adoption.
Children who are currently in foster care but available for adoption, or children with special needs, are placed for adoption by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Contact your local social services office to gain information on beginning the process. Special needs adoption does not necessarily mean that a child has a physical or mental disorder. For the purposes of adoption special needs may mean that the child is older, is part of a sibling group that needs to remain together, or is a member of a racial minority.
Pre-adoption classes are required before taking placement of a child. This is to help prepare families for situations they might face with a special needs child.
No matter what type of adoption you decide to pursue, a home study will be required. A home study is a bit like an investigation. You are required to submit to background checks, fingerprinting, financial means verification, as well as very personal discussions about your marriage or divorce (if applicable), your child hood, family relationships, and parenting styles, along with checking to make sure your home meets size and safety regulations.
If you are a birth mother who is interested in making an adoption plan, contact a reputable adoption agency or adoption attorney to make arrangements for your child.
If you are unable to care for your child, and unable to make an adoption plan, you may leave your newborn (age 30 days or younger) with the nursing staff of an emergency room.
If you are an adult who was adopted, or a birth parent who is interested in a reunion, you may take advantage of the Connecticut Adoption Search Law. It allows you to receive information on the other party through the agency that facilitated the adoption.
Birth parents also have the ability to update information regarding their medical history that is contained in their child`s adoption file.
Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Connecticut who are hoping to be adopted.
We're sorry, Connecticut does not currently feature children in The Adoption.com Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the Adoption.com photolisting.
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