New Jersey Adoption, Home Studies and More
Pregnant and Considering Adoption in New Jersey
Have you just found out you are pregnant, and it is not the result you were hoping for? Are you trying to figure out what your options are? Have you asked your family members, baby’s father, or friends for guidance and just felt more confused?
You don’t have to deal with this situation alone. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator is always available to listen to any worries or concerns and to explain the choices you have. They have been compassionately helping women in your position for many years. You can text, call, or fill out our online form, and a Lifetime coordinator will be there to support you.
What is the Adoption Process in New Jersey?
Lifetime Adoption coordinators have led expectant mothers through the adoption process in New Jersey since 1986. Just call, text, or fill out our online form. A coordinator will ensure you have all the facts needed to make the best decision for you and your baby.
Once you decide that adoption is the right choice for you and your baby, what’s next? First, fill out your forms online, then you can start looking for a family by viewing Lifetime adoptive family profiles online. You might want a family from New Jersey or maybe from another state. You may be considering a family of a certain race, or perhaps you would like your child brought up in a certain religion. What is important to you is what matters. And adoption isn’t just for newborns. You may be parenting a toddler or older child, and it is not healthy for you and your child. Perhaps CPS is getting involved. Lifetime coordinators will create your own individual adoption plan. A professional counselor will create a transition plan at no cost to you, and it will lead the way for the child, you and the adoptive family to move forward in the adoption process. She can also create a post-adoption contact agreement for you and the family.
Under any circumstances, labor and delivery can be stressful. When placing a newborn for adoption, a hospital plan relieves some of your anxiety. You don’t want to be trying to decide things like who will first hold the baby, who will be in the delivery room, and all the other details when you arrive at the hospital. Having a plan in place so that everyone understands their parts will help.
Open Adoption in New Jersey
- What are important traits you want to see in a family?
- What contact do you want with the adoptive family after the adoption?
- Do you have any special requests to add to your hospital plan for labor and delivery?
- Are there pregnancy-related expenses that you need help with?
When making the loving, courageous choice to place your child for adoption, remember that open adoption means you are not saying goodbye to your baby forever. Today a modern adoption means you can receive updates, pictures, Facetime, and even visits. Many of our birth parents have great relationships with their baby’s adoptive families. Recently, one of birth mothers was getting married, and she asked her daughter to be there. She was not only there, but the parents who adopted her daughter were there as well, and the adoptive father even walked the bride down the aisle.
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New Jersey Adoptive Families
No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, you deserve to find the perfect one. Lifetime Adoption lets you search adoptive families from across the country. We provide more adoptive family choices for you, giving you a greater chance of finding the right fit for your child. When you browse our family profiles, you can learn more about their:
- Reasons for adopting
- Home and neighborhood
- Values and religious beliefs
- And much more!
Families Wanting to Adopt in New Jersey
Are you in New Jersey and want to adopt a newborn, toddler, or child up to the age of six? As one of the nationwide leaders in modern domestic adoption, Lifetime coordinators will walk with 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
Is adoption the right choice for you? If so, how do you get started? Just fill out our short online application. There is no charge to apply, and you are not obligated in any way. Once your application is reviewed and pre-approved, you will meet with an adoption coordinator who will explain the adoption process. You will have access to the vast amount of adoption education on our membership site and will be guided on the creation of your personal profile that will be viewed by birth parents. You will also be provided referrals for your home study and adoption attorney.
Mardie Caldwell experienced her own adoption journey when adopting her son, which led her to creating Lifetime in 1986. Since then, Lifetime Adoption coordinators have been matching birth mothers with adoptive families successfully.
Adoption Laws in New Jersey
In New Jersey, 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. Rely on your New Jersey lawyer for all the legal details.
New Jersey Home Studies
With a home study, be prepared to provide the following along with other documentation:
- At least three in-person joint and individual interviews with married adoptive parents
- At least one in-person joint and one individual interview with each member of the adoptive parent’s household
- At least one visit to the residence by the home study social worker
- Current job references
- Three personal references from persons unrelated to the adoptive parents
- Fingerprint-based criminal history background checks and child abuse record checks. This will be needed for the adoptive parents and all persons age 18 and older living in the adoptive family’s home.
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