New Hampshire Adoption, Home Studies and More
Pregnant and Considering Adoption in New Hampshire
Are you experiencing an unexpected pregnancy? Are you unsure where to turn for advice? You may ask your family, the baby’s father, or perhaps a close friend for guidance, and you may get a lot of different opinions. This can be very confusing.
Don’t feel alone. There is a Lifetime Adoption coordinator available to listen to your concerns and explain your options. They have been helping women in your position for many years. You can text, call, or fill out our online form, and a Lifetime Adoption coordinator will be there for you.
What is the Adoption Process in New Hampshire?
Lifetime Adoption coordinators have guided expectant mothers in New Hampshire through the adoption process since 1986. Just call, text, or fill out our online form. A coordinator can answer your questions and ensure you have all the facts you need to make the right choice for you and your baby.
So, after learning about modern adoption, you decide that it is the right choice for you. What do you do next? After filling out your forms online, you can choose a family by viewing Lifetime adoptive family profiles. You might want a family from New Hampshire or from another state. You may be looking for a family of a certain race or faith. You choose what is important to you. Even if you are parenting a toddler or older child and you are struggling, or CPS is getting involved, Lifetime coordinators can help you create an adoption plan. A professional counselor will work with you at no cost and will design a transition plan for your child, you, and the adoptive family. She can also create a post-adoption contact agreement.
If you are placing a newborn for adoption, labor and delivery can be stressful. You can relieve some anxiety if you have a hospital plan. Things such as who will hold the baby first, who you want in the delivery room, and other details can be decided ahead of time, and your coordinator will share your plan with the hospital and with the adoptive family. That way, everyone understands your wishes. You will also have a lawyer who will make sure you understand your legal rights and who will handle the paperwork.
Open Adoption in New Hampshire
- What traits are important to you in a family?
- How much contact do you want with the adoptive family in the future?
- Do you have any special requests for labor and delivery?
- Are there pregnancy-related expenses you are in need of help with?
Adoption is a loving, courageous choice you make for your baby. Open adoption means you don’t have to say goodbye to your baby forever. With a modern adoption, you can receive pictures, updates, Facetime, and even visits if that is what you want. Many of our birth mothers have close relationships with their baby’s adoptive families. Recently, one of our amazing birth mothers was planning her wedding, and she asked if her daughter could be there with her. 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
- Reasonable adoption legal fees, counseling, and medical care that shall be paid directly to the provider of the services
- Reasonable living expenses for lodging, transportation, meals, and clothing incurred for the placement of the child
- Reasonable adoption expenses for services provided by an agency
Families Wanting to Adopt in New Hampshire
Are you in New Hampshire and want to adopt a newborn, toddler, or child up to the age of six? As one of the nationwide leaders in domestic adoption, Lifetime coordinators will guide you on your successful adoption journey. Our adoption coordinators have been matching pregnant women with adoptive families for over thirty years. You can feel confident that when you reach out to Lifetime, you will find a kind, experienced coordinator who is working hard to make sure our birth mothers have all the support and resources they need.
Starting the Adoption Process
If you have decided adopting is the right choice for you, how do you get started? Just fill out our short online application. There is no fee to apply, and you are not obligated in any way just by filling out the application. Once reviewed and pre-approved, you will be contacted by an adoption coordinator who will explain the entire adoption process and get you started. You will be guided on the creation of your personal profile for birth mothers to view and will be provided referrals for your home study and adoption attorney. In addition, you will have access to the enormous amount of adoption education available on our membership site.
As a result of her experiences on her own adoption journey, Mardie Caldwell created Lifetime. Since 1986, Lifetime Adoption coordinators have been matching birth mothers and adoptive families. Your adoption coordinator will be there from start to finish.
Adoption Laws in New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, the timeline for legal documentation for adoption is as follows.
In general, the written consent of the birth mother cannot be signed until at least 72 hours after the baby is born. In general, the adoption is irrevocable after 30 days, at which time the final decree can be executed. Rely on your New Hampshire lawyer for all the legal details.
New Hampshire Home Studies
With a home study, be prepared to provide the following:
The minimum requirements for acceptance of the adoptive parent applicants shall be as follows:
- Adoptive parents, whether married or single, can provide a stable home life. The applicants must show they have been in the same home with the same household members for at least two years and have adequate support systems.
- The adoptive parents should be in good physical and emotional health.
- The adoptive parents must have sufficient income and space in their home to support the family and the child they wish to adopt.
- Preadoptive training shall consist of at least 8 hours of training that covers the following:
- The adoption process
- The potential impact of early and prenatal trauma on a child’s development
- Developmental stages the child will go through
- The impact of adoption on the family
- Race and culture impacts on adoption
- A background check consisting of a fingerprint-based criminal record check of national crime information databases and a central registry check for all prospective adoptive parents and any other adults living in the home.
- A medical statement from a physician within one year of the application
- A financial statement that includes monthly income, monthly expenses, and assets
- Information on the applicants’ religious preferences
- At least five personal references from persons who have known the adoptive parents for at least two years, one of whom is a relative, and the rest from persons unrelated to the applicant
- At least three meetings, one of which is in the home
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