South Dakota Adoption, Home Studies, and More
Pregnant and Considering Adoption in South Dakota
Have you just found out you are pregnant and are not sure that parenting is right for you at this time? Do you feel scared and unsure of where to turn? You may have turned to the baby’s father, your family, or even close friends, and their reaction may have made you feel more confused.
Help is just a call or text away. Reach out to a caring and non-judgmental Lifetime Adoption coordinator. You can also fill out our online form, and a coordinator will contact you to explain your options and provide you with the resources and information you need to make the right decision for you and your baby
What is the Adoption Process in South Dakota?
If, after you learn about modern adoption, you feel it is the right choice for you, your coordinator will have you check out the Lifetime adoptive family profiles. You can choose a family or a few families to talk to and get to know. You may want a family from South Dakota or one that lives further away in another state. You are the one to pick the family with the values and lifestyle you want for your child.
If you are currently parenting a toddler or older child, special needs child, or sibling group and it is not a healthy situation, Lifetime can help. We have wonderful families open to all these situations, and a professional counselor will with a transition plan that will help the change go smoothly for the child and all involved.
If you are pregnant, making a hospital plan can help decrease any anxiety you might have about your hospital stay. A hospital plan will help everyone know their place, including the hospital staff and adoptive family. This will include who will be at the hospital, who will hold the baby etc. You will also have legal counsel provided at no cost to you. Your representative will make sure that you know your rights and handle the legal documentation.
Open Adoption in South Dakota
- What is important to you in a family, such as race, religion, or other traits?
- Would you like contact in the future? How much and what kind?
- Would you like to create a hospital plan?
- Do you have pregnancy-related expenses paid or resources you need?
If parenting is not the right choice for you, there is no more loving, selfless, and brave choice than adoption. You won’t have to say goodbye to your baby forever. You can receive updates and pictures. You can even have periodic visits you’re your child and the adoptive family. You can have close and lasting relationships with the adoptive family if you choose. Recently, one of our birth mothers was getting married and hoped her daughter could be there. The adoptive parents and her daughter were honored to be there, and the adoptive father of her baby even walked the bride down the aisle.
Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More
- Legal fees
- Doctor and hospital costs related to your pregnancy
- Pregnancy-related living expenses
- Professional and peer counseling
South Dakota Adoptive Families
The adoption profiles below will show you waiting adoptive parents of all types and backgrounds in South Dakota. When you browse these profiles, you can learn more about the families’:
- Home and neighborhood
- Values and religious beliefs
- Reasons for adopting
- And much more!
No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family in South Dakota , 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.
Families Wanting to Adopt in South Dakota
Are you in South Dakota and are interested in information regarding adopting a newborn, toddler, or child up to six? Lifetime is one of the nationwide leaders in open adoption. Lifetime Adoption coordinators are very experienced and have been matching birth mothers and adoptive families for over thirty years. They are here to help adoptive families and support birth mothers.
Starting the Adoption Process
Is starting the adoption process hard? No, all you need to do is fill out our short online application. There is no cost to apply. There is no obligation until the contract is signed. That happens after your application is reviewed and pre-approved. Once the contract is signed, you will have access to the Lifetime membership site, which is full of information covering the entire adoption process. You will have a Lifetime coordinator who will guide you on your journey and provide referrals in South Dakota for your home study and legal representation.
Adoption Laws in South Dakota
In South Dakota, the general timeline for legal documentation of the adoption is as follows.
In general, the written consent of the birth parents can be signed no sooner than five days after the birth of the child. Your South Dakota adoption attorney will file all paperwork and explain the adoption finalization process.
A home study is a required part of adoption in South Dakota, as it is in every other state.
South Dakota Home Studies
With a home study, be prepared to provide the following and any additional items requested:
- Financial records.
- Parenting philosophies.
- Fingerprint-based criminal record checks, completed by the Division of Criminal Investigation, and a central registry screening completed by DSS.
- Screening of household members who are at least age 10 to determine if there are any substantiated incidents of child abuse or neglect.
- A physical examination of adoptive parents completed within the 12 months preceding the application.
- Personal interviews, at least three character references, and home consultations.
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