Private Adoption

Private adoptions occur through the court system via an entrustment and consent process. There are several types of private adoptions that CHS is equipped to support.


Parental Placement

In this type of adoption, the birth parents choose the family to adopt their infant or minor child. Custody transfers directly from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. The birth parents must be offered the opportunity for counseling by a licensed child placing agency and also be offered legal representation. Birth parents may by law request assistance with medical bills, legal expenses and in some cases, living expenses. Typically, both parties meet and exchange identifying information, and future contact between the families is up to the birth parents and adoptive parents to decide. There will be a consent hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, so you will need an attorney experienced with adoption as a part of your team. CHS can assist with the home study and birth parent counseling (if the birth parent resides locally). We can also complete required supervisory visits after placement of the child and related court reports.

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From Custody to Legal Adoption

If you have legal custody of a child and wish to adopt, you should begin by hiring an attorney. He or she can help you understand the requirements for obtaining the proper consent from the child’s birth parents in order to adopt the child. Several court hearings will likely be needed to complete the process. The court will require you to have a home study and may require supervisory visits. CHS can assist with this part of the process, so contact us to learn more.

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Relative Adoption

CHS is able to assist clients who would like to adopt their minor relative. You will need an attorney and a home study to begin this process. Contact us to learn more about how we can help, and visit our Kinship Services page to learn more about our support services for kinship families.


Interstate Adoption

If the infant or child you are planning to adopt is coming from another state, you will need to go through the ICPC process (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children). Offices in both states will have additional requirements for the placement, often including a child-specific home study and a number of supervisory visit reports. CHS is able to assist you with this process, so please contact us to learn more.

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