Adopting an Infant in the United States

WE OFFICIALLY MADE IT TO THE WEEKEND!! I am so ready for the weekend, but for me, it’s pretty busy with early wake up calls. :( Although, I’m anxious to hear about who the new Miss New Hampshire will be (I wish I was there!), take part in some community events, etc. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on Instagram (you should totally follow @madeoflovenotgenes if you aren’t already ;)). For the second week of my adoption campaign, I am going to tell you all about the process of adopting a child in the United States. Make sure that you know that this is NOT the foster care system, that’s another week :)


Adopting a child in the United States generally means adopting a baby from birth. To do this, the first step is to contact the state’s public agency, an agency, or an adoption attorney. There are two different types of domestic adoption; closed and open adoption. Closed adoption is when there is no contact with the birth family after the birth and adoption. Then, open adoption is the complete opposite of closed adoption. Open adoption allows for a relationship between the adopted parents with the child, but the child is still the adoptive parents child on a legal basis.


This adoption is pretty similar to adopting a stepchild (check out that post from last week if you haven’t already) with all the paperwork and court hearings. Yes, it is a lot work, but in the end it is most definitely worth it!


This type of adoption is cool because you can actually adopt straight from birth! Meaning, you could literally be in the delivery room when your baby is being birthed by the mother. Afterwards, there are certain rules that varies from state to state.


I think that adopting an infant in the United States is a really neat process and all that it entails.

Check out childwelfare.gov (my source) and Dave Thomas Foundation (my other source) for even more info! Plus, stay tuned for Sunday because there will be another adoption spotlight, but this one matches with this weeks focus!!





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