adopted kids

How do I start the adoption process?

Mention the word “adoption” and many things come to mind. People often think of infants placed in loving homes, orphans in foreign countries, birth parents, agencies, attorneys, social workers, paperwork, fees, court, uncertainly......

One of the first things you need to do is decide upon what type of adoption you are most interested in pursuing. If you are interested in an older child or perhaps a child with special needs, you may want to consider contacting The Department of Social Services. South Carolina has many children in foster care awaiting an adoptive placement. If you are interested in a child from a foreign country, you need to contact an international adoption agency that processes adoptions for a country in which you are interested. If you are interested in an infant adoption, there are many agencies and attorneys which specialize in infant adoptions. Also, many families are able to connect with a birth parent independently by word of mouth.

Regardless of the type of adoption you are pursuing, every state in the United States requires a home study be completed prior to the adoptive placement of a child in your home. In South Carolina, your home study must be completed by an individual which has been certified by the SC Department of Social Services. Regardless of the type of adoption you are pursuing, every state in the United States requires a home study be completed prior to the adoptive placement of a child in your home.

In South Carolina, your home study (or pre-placement report) must be completed by an individual which has been certified by the SC Department of Social Services.

"I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him."
1 Samuel 1:27 (NIV)

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