What You Need to Know About Adoption in Virginia (FAQ)
What are the adoption laws for expectant/birth parents in Virginia?
We understand that the adoption process can be confusing and sometimes daunting. State laws around adoption vary. If you feel overwhelmed, Adoptions With Love can help. Our adoption attorneys and agency partners are expertly trained on the adoption laws in Virginia. If you choose to work with us, you can relax knowing that our experienced team is available to provide in-person support and legal assistance every step of the way.
Not only do our compassionate professionals deliver emotional guidance and support, but also are trained with the knowledge and expertise of Virginia adoption laws. You and your baby are important to us and our professionals will work with you to fulfill all of Virginia’s adoption requirements, such as signing legal documents after your baby’s birth. Our team will do all that is necessary to make sure that your adoption is safe, legal, and comfortable every step of the way.
Do I need to work with a Virginia adoption agency?
When you are an expectant/birth mother considering adoption, finding the best Virginia adoption agencies should be your first step. There are plenty of adoption agencies that are available to assist you, so it is important to choose one you can trust. The right agency will never pressure you to choose adoption, even if you change your mind during pregnancy or after giving birth.
Does it cost money to place a baby for adoption in Virginia?
No, it is free to make an adoption plan. Further, you can receive financial support. Some Virginia adoption agencies will offer you financial assistance on top of emotional support. At Adoptions With Love, we can cover a deposit and several months of rent, utility bills, phone bills, medical costs related to the pregnancy, birth and recovery, and even maternity clothes when you choose adoption.
What is the adoption process like In Virginia?
Adoption is a life-changing journey. We can help walk you through placing your baby for adoption in Virginia and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Are adoptive families screened before being approved to adopt?
Yes. Every prospective adoptive family must undergo a thorough screening process called the Home Study. This several months-long process includes multiple home visits, interviews, and the examination of legal documents, including medical history and financial records. This ensures an adoption agency that every child is going to a safe, stable, and healthy home.
What types of adoption can I choose from in Virginia?
There are three types of adoption plans to make when considering this path: open, semi-open, and closed. The choice is entirely yours to make.
Most adoptions today are open. This means there is some relationship or communication between birth and adoptive families. The form and frequency of contact can be determined by you, the expectant/birth parent.
If you would like to choose – and, perhaps, meet – your child’s adoptive family, but would like limited communication after giving birth, you may want to explore a semi-open adoption plan.
Some expectant/birth mothers choose to make a closed adoption. This means that no identifying information is revealed between the two families, and you can stay anonymous. You do not have to choose a family for your baby or maintain contact, if you are not ready.
Adoptions With Love makes binding contracts outlining contact between birth and adoptive parents, but the terms of the open adoption may evolve over the years to accommodate a growing child. If you make a closed adoption plan, Adoptions With Love will continue to keep photos and letters on file, should you change your mind down the road. You also have the option of opening up communication when you are ready.
Can I choose adoption after giving birth in Virginia?
Yes. It is never too late to make an adoption plan. Adoptions With Love has a team of dedicated professionals that can meet you in your hospital room, or at your home, to help you make an adoption plan that meets your needs.