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Adoption in NC

North Carolina Adoption, Home Studies and More About Adoption in NC

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If you are in the Tar Heel State and are interested in a North Carolina adoption, Lifetime Adoption is ready to help you with your adoption journey. Are you interested in placing your child for adoption but don’t know where to start? Are you considering adoption in NC, but are unsure of the process? Lifetime Adoption coordinators are available to answer all of your questions and explain the adoption process to you.

Pregnant and Considering Adoption in NC

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Have you been surprised by a positive pregnancy test? Is your first thought, I am not ready to be a parent? You may be wondering, “What should I do now?” You probably have a lot of different emotions happening at the same time.

First, you have options. You will find Lifetime Adoption coordinators available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to go over all of your options. You can call, text, or fill out our online form. An adoption coordinator will help you by providing information and resources. Counseling is available at no cost to help you sort out what to do. There are peer and professional counselors. You can get advice on subjects such as telling your family, the baby’s father, and your friends. They can also help you deal with all the different opinions and advice you get. This may be a confusing and stressful time, and a counselor can help you through it.

How Do I Start the North Carolina Adoption Process?

Lifetime Adoption has been helping expectant mothers through the adoption process for over thirty years. Just call, text, or fill out our online form 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will always find a kind and non-judgmental Lifetime Adoption coordinator ready to help you and get you the resources you need.

Your coordinator will gather some Lifetime Adoptive family profiles she feels will match well with you, and you can also view families online. Once you choose one or more families you want to know more about, your coordinator will arrange a meeting. Whether you want a family from North Carolina or another state, a telephone or video call can be set up. You will decide how much contact you would like after the adoption, and so when choosing a family, you can look for one that is open to the contact you desire.

Hospital Plans

Are you nervous about how things will go at the hospital? Many expectant women are. Your Lifetime coordinator is here to help you make a hospital plan. You will decide who you want in the delivery room. You will also decide who will be the first to hold the baby and many other factors. You will also be provided an attorney at no cost to you. Your attorney will make sure you understand your parental rights and that all the paperwork is complete.

Adoption Process for Children Already Born

Lifetime Adoption services in North Carolina also help with the adoption of toddlers, special needs children, or older children. Unfortunately, sometimes life throws situations at us that make it too difficult and unhealthy to parent. When this happens and you pursue adoption, a professional counselor will work with the child, the adoptive parents, and the birth parents. She will create an adoption plan that focuses on a healthy transition for you and your child (age six and under).

Open Adoption in NC

Most people don’t know a lot about open adoption in North Carolina. They may not know that with an open adoption, the birth parents choose the adoptive parents for their child and that they can still have contact after the adoption is final. They can receive pictures and updates, have video chats, connect through social media, and even visit occasionally.

To guide you through the adoption process, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will ask some questions such as:

  • Will you choose the adoptive parents or would you like an adoption coordinator to choose for you?
  • What type of contact are you interested in after the adoption is final?
  • Would you like to create a hospital plan with your adoption?
  • Would you like the adoptive parents to be involved during your pregnancy by doing such things as going with you to the doctor?
  • Will you need any help with pregnancy-related expenses?

When parenting a child is not the right option for you or your child, adoption can be the right choice. Lifetime Adoption families are loving and hoping to grow their family through adoption. Our families are interested in open adoption, so you know you can receive updates and pictures and may even have occasional visits. It is not uncommon for our adoptive families to form a close relationship with their birth mothers.

Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More

Jenny was in an abusive relationship when she found out she was pregnant. This was a big wake-up call because she knew she didn’t want to bring a baby into this situation. She wanted her baby to grow up in a loving two-parent home. When she called Lifetime, she was unsure what to do. If she left her boyfriend, she would have nowhere to live at this time, and she would need to take time off work when she was further along in her pregnancy. Her Lifetime Adoption coordinator let her know that in the state of North Carolina, some pregnancy-related expenses may be covered by the adopting parents, including help with rent.

In addition, peer and professional counseling was available to help work through her emotions and to help her plan her next steps in her adoption in NC. Peer counselors are birth mothers who have been through the adoption process and know what you are going through. You can also meet with professional counselors. She can help you understand your emotions and help you work through the decision you need to make.

North Carolina Adoptive Families

No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family in North Carolina, you deserve to find the perfect match. That’s why we’ve included search filters that let you search by what’s important to you. You can learn more about the adoptive family’s:

  • Lifestyle
  • Home and neighborhood
  • Values and religious beliefs
  • Reasons for adopting
  • Family
  • And much more!

Simply click n the “Search for Families” button below to start searching.

Families Interested in Adoption in NC

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Are you hoping to grow your family through adoption? Are you considering adopting a newborn, toddler, or maybe an older child up to the age of six in North Carolina? Lifetime Adoption is one of the nationwide leaders in open adoption. Our dedicated adoption coordinators have been matching birth families and adoptive families with great success for over thirty years. Our coordinators are dedicated to treating birth mothers with the care and respect they deserve. They make sure they have all the support and resources they need.

Starting the Adoption Process

So, how do you get started? It’s easy. Just fill out our short online application. To apply to adopt at Lifetime is free, and you are not obligated to move forward if you choose not to. Once pre-approved, a Lifetime Adoption coordinator will contact you to explain the Lifetime process and answer any questions you may have. She will get you started with information on how to create your personal profile. She will give you a referral for a home study provider, provide access to blogs, education, and many other resources that you can access on our Lifetime membership site.

As the founder of Lifetime Adoption, Mardie Caldwell has created the unique Lifetime Adoption program. After navigating the adoption of her son, she became passionate about helping others fulfill their adoption dreams. The Lifetime program has been a great success for over three decades.

Adoption Laws in North Carolina

To navigate the North Carolina adoption laws, you will need to hire an adoption attorney. You can count on your Lifetime Adoption coordinator to refer an attorney in North Carolina. Your attorney will make sure the legal aspects of the adoption go smoothly, all documents are filed, and a hearing is scheduled for your adoption finalization.

In North Carolina, you can expect your adoption to generally become final around six months after placement. Each adoption is unique, so your adoption attorney will make sure everything stays on track, paperwork is filed, and your finalization hearing is scheduled.

North Carolina Home Studies

Most people are not sure how the home study process works. A home study is a legal report which is required by the court in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. It is meant to show the judge that you are qualified to adopt a child.

A home study will include:

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

Your home study is conducted by a social worker. She will run a background and criminal check and will also collect information on why you have decided to adopt, what your beliefs are regarding topics such as parenting style, marital relationships, and what your lifestyle is like. She will interview everyone who is currently residing in your home.

If you are considering adoption in NC, Lifetime Adoption coordinators are ready to help you navigate the adoption process. If you are thinking about placing your newborn or older child for adoption, just contact Lifetime. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will be available to answer all of your questions.



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