Adoption in Arkansas

Arkansas Adoption, Home Studies and More

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Adoption Services for
Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

If you are considering adoption in Arkansas, Lifetime Adoption is here to support and guide you through the process. For over 35 years, we’ve been helping pregnant women and women who are finding parenting difficult, connect with hopeful adoptive families. And we’re ready to provide you all the information and resources needed to answer all of your questions.

Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Arkansas

Adoption Services in ArkansasYour pregnancy test is positive and now you feel overwhelmed. Then you share your news with the baby’s father, family, or friends and their mixed reactions make you feel even more confused about what to do.

Take a minute and contact a Lifetime Adoption coordinator. Because she will be a caring and non-judgmental voice who can help you understand each of your options. You can call, text, or fill out our online form, and a coordinator will be there to provide the support you need. Additionally, she can also refer you to a professional or peer counselor if you feel like counseling would help.

What is the Adoption Process in Arkansas?

For over 35 years Lifetime Adoption has been helping expectant mothers in Arkansas with the adoption process. Again, the first step is to call, text, or fill out our online form.

However, you can alsosearch for adoptive families and choose the adoptive family you feel is the right for you and your baby. You may want a family from Arkansas or from another state. Not only do you get to choose the family for your baby, you also get to determine how much contact you’d like with your child in the future. In addition, if you have a toddler, older child, or sibling set you would like to place, Lifetime can help. A professional counselor will assist with the transition plan so it is healthy for you, your child, and the adoptive family. Your counselor will also help you work with the adoptive parents to create a post-adoption contact agreement that is best for the child, you, and the adoptive family.

If you are pregnant and planning on adoption, your adoption coordinator will help you create a hospital plan. This plan will document things such as who will be in the delivery room, who holds the baby first, and other similar details. You will have legal representation, at no cost to you as well.

Open Adoption in Arkansas

There is no more loving and brave choice than placing your child for adoption and there is a loving family for every child. Today with open adoption, you are not saying goodbye to your child forever, you can receive pictures, updates, and even visits. In addition to answering your questions, your coordinator can help you create an adoption plan for you and help you establish a relationship with the family you choose.

She will ask:

  • Do you want a family who lives near you or not?
  • What kind of contact do you see yourself having with the family in the future?
  • Would you like a family of a certain faith?
  • Are there pregnancy-related expenses you need help with?

Many of our birth mothers and adoptive families have close relationships. Recently, one of our amazing birth mothers was getting married, and she asked if her daughter to be there.  She was not only there, but the adoptive parents were there as well, and the adoptive father even walked the bride down the aisle.

Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More

Eva contacted Lifetime because she wanted to place her baby for adoption. She was having some life challenges and wanted a better life for her baby. She was struggling to stay safe and now she had extra pregnancy-related expenses. Her Lifetime Adoption coordinator explained that in the state of Arkansas, pregnancy-related expenses can be covered by the adopting parents. The expenses include:

  • Adoption-related legal costs
  • Living expenses of the expectant mother such as rent and food
  • Pregnancy-related medical and hospital costs
  • Peer and professional counseling

Arkansas Adoptive Families

When you browse our adoptive family profiles, you can learn more about a family’s:

  • Lifestyle
  • Home and neighborhood
  • Values and religious beliefs
  • Reasons for adopting
  • Additional family members
  • And much more!

No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, you deserve to find the perfect match. With waiting families from across the country, Lifetime Adoption provides more adoptive family profiles for you, giving you a greater chance of finding the right fit for your child. Start by using the “Search for Families” button below.

Families Wanting to Adopt in Arkansas

Meet adoptive couples in Arkansas

Have you been thinking about adopting a newborn, toddler, or child up to the age of six in Arkansas? As one of the nationwide leaders in modern adoption Lifetime Adoption is here to guide you on your adoption journey. Our adoption coordinators have been successfully matching birth parents with adoptive families for over thirty years. They are kind and dedicated to making sure our birth mothers have all the support they need and the resources they need to make the best connection between birth families and adoptive families.

Starting the Adoption Process

So, how do you get the adoption process started? It’s very simple. Just fill out our short online application. To apply is free and does not obligate you to participate in any way. Once your adoption application is reviewed by our team, you will be contacted by a Lifetime Adoption coordinator who will introduce you to the entire adoption process. You will receive information on creating a profile for birth mothers to view, preparing for your home study, and access to the webinars, blogs, podcasts, education, and resources you need on our membership site.

Mardie Caldwell the founder of Lifetime Adoption, created the Lifetime Adoption program due to the journey she experienced when navigating the adoption of her son. For over 3 decades, the Lifetime program has been successfully matching birth mothers and adoptive families. Our adoption coordinators will walk with you through the adoption process so that you can realize your adoption dreams.

Adoption Laws in Arkansas

Arkansas adoption laws can seem hard to navigate but don’t worry, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will refer you to an Arkansas adoption attorney who will handle the legal aspects.

In Arkansas, the timeline for legal documentation for adoption is as follows.

The expectant or birth mother can sign consent to adopt papers anytime after the birth. A birth father may surrender his parental rights by signing a Waiver of Notice or Denial of Paternity at any time, before or after the child’s birth. The adoption is irrevocable 10 days after the signing or five days after signing if a waiver is signed.

A home study will also have to be completed before the finalization of the adoption. There may be different legal requirements depending on the individual facts of each adoption. Depend on your Arkansas adoption attorney to make sure all legal requirements are followed.

Arkansas Home Studies

A home study is a required, legal document required by all state courts and is meant to show your ability to parent and care for an adopted child. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will refer you to a qualified home study provider in Arkansas.

With a home study be prepared to provide the following:

  • Background checks
  • Medical reports
  • Employment verification
  • Visit to the home

Every member of your household over the age of 10 will be interviewed during your home study visit. You will also provide criminal background information and information about why you want to adopt, what your lifestyle is like, what support system you have, what your parenting style is, your education level, and more. You will have two in-person visits, one of which will be in the home. There will also be post-placement visits once a week for a month or until the adoption is finalized.

Whether you are hoping to adopt or are a parent considering placing your child for adoption, Lifetime Adoption looks forward to working with you and providing the information and support you need for successful adoption.

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