Hawaii Adoption, Home Studies and More
Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Hawaii
If you are experiencing an unwanted pregnancy, it can be hard to figure out where to turn for the necessary information to make the necessary decisions. You may ask the baby’s father, family, and friends, and they may all have different ideas about what you should do. This can all be very overwhelming.
What you need is someone calm to talk to who can provide all the information you need to choose the right option. When talking to a Lifetime coordinator, you will find a non-judgmental ear to listen to and a wealth of information. You can call, text, or fill in our online form. If you like, she can connect you with a professional or peer counselor. She will also explain modern adoption and what the adoption process is like.
What is the Adoption Process in Hawaii?
Expectant mothers in Hawaii can reach out to Lifetime Adoption coordinators who have guided women through the adoption process since 1986. First, call, text, or just fill out our online form. Your coordinator will find out what your hopes and wishes are for you and your baby and what resources are in need of.
There are adoptive family profiles online to look through, or your coordinator can send you some profiles to choose from. There are families in Hawaii and in most other states. Your coordinator will help you find a family that is open to the amount of contact you want as well.
Did you know that there are adoptive families interested in adopting a toddler or older child? In these cases, a professional counselor can work with you and the adoptive family to create a healthy transition plan and post-adoption agreement.
If you are expecting, your adoption coordinator will help you create a hospital plan which will cover details such as who will be in the delivery room, who will hold the baby first, and who will leave the hospital first. At no cost, you will have your own lawyer, who will make sure that you understand all your rights and will take care of all the paperwork and court filings.
Open Adoption in Hawaii
- Do you have a particular type of family you can see your baby with?
- What kind of contact can you envision in the future?
- How would you like your hospital stay to go?
- Are there pregnancy-related expenses you are having a hard time covering?
Life can be complicated, and sometimes placing your baby or children for adoption is the most loving and brave option, and it doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your child forever. You can have an open adoption that includes updates, photos, and even visits if that is your wish. We have birth mothers who have formed amazing relationships with the adoptive families of their child. A while ago, one of our courageous birth mothers was getting married and asked if it would be okay for her daughter to attend. It was, so her daughter was there, but just as special, the adoptive parents were there. The adoptive father was even asked to walk the bride down the aisle.
Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More
Adoption is not easy, so Lifetime has professional and peer counselors available for you at no cost. A counselor can help you through the decision-making choices, and with the emotions, you will deal with during the adoption process.
Families Wanting to Adopt in Hawaii
Do you envision the adoption of a newborn, toddler, sibling set, or child up to the age of 6 in Hawaii? As one of the nationwide leaders in modern, open adoption, Lifetime can make your dreams come true. Birth mothers and hopeful adoptive families have been being matched for over thirty years through Lifetime. We support our birth mothers and our adoptive families, making sure everyone has all the resources they need.
Starting the Adoption Process
So, if you want to adopt, where do you begin? Just complete our short online application, which is free. Lifetime will review your application, and once pre-approved, a coordinator will introduce you to the adoption program. You will learn how to create a profile for birth mothers to view, who to contact to set up your home study, and access to the membership site, which you will use for the adoption process.
Our coordinators are experienced in guiding families through the program that Mardie Caldwell, the founder, created after she completed the adoption of her son over 30 years ago.
Adoption Laws in Hawaii
Typically, in Hawaii, the timeline for legal documentation and the timeline for adoption are as follows:
Relinquishment papers may be filed at any time after the mother’s sixth month of pregnancy. No judgment may be entered until after the birth of the child.
The birth mother generally signs papers on the date of her discharge from the hospital. The adoptive parents can finalize their adoption after six months of the child being placed in their home. Consent can generally not be withdrawn after the child is placed with prospective adoptive parents.
Before you adopt, a home study is required.
Hawaii Home Studies
A home study includes but is not limited to the following:
- Meet standards created by the Department of Human Services
- Complete criminal history record checks and check on the child abuse and neglect registry
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