Whether you are pregnant and thinking about adoption for your baby or a family hoping to grow, you will need a variety of services and support throughout the adoption process. Here, find local resources and adoption information for the Fairbanks area.
Fairbanks Adoption Agencies and Professionals
Most prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families choose to work closely with an adoption professional throughout the process. This professional will provide education, support and the services you need to complete your adoption.
Here are some professionals serving Fairbanks residents:
How to Become a Foster Parent in Fairbanks
To be a foster parent in Fairbanks, couples and individuals must meet the requirements of the state and their chosen agency. For prospective foster parents in Alaska, that means meeting certain requirements, completing an Alaska home study and attending training.
If you are interested in becoming a foster family, contact a local foster care organization:
- Alaska Center for Resource Families
- Family Centered Services of Alaska
- Presbyterian Hospitality House
Home Study Providers in Fairbanks
Consisting of personal interviews, background checks, a safety inspection and more, the Alaska home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider in your area:
- Fairbanks Counseling/Adoption
Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption provides adoption services including Alaska home study services.
- Catholic Social Services
CSS provides home study services for families adopting from its infant adoption program, international adoption program or through the Alaska Office of Children’s Services.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Alaska home study providers.
Hospitals in Fairbanks
If you are an expectant mother, you will need to consider your hospital plan as your due date approaches. You can work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to determine the type of labor and delivery experience you want to have.
When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, the following Fairbanks hospital may be able to assist you:
- Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
1650 Cowles Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
All adoptions taking place in Fairbanks must comply with Alaska laws. State laws regulate many areas of adoption, from consent and relinquishment to expenses. To learn more about adoption laws and regulations in Alaska, visit our state adoption information page. Learn about the legal processes that impact birth parents and adoptive families below.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
To protect your rights throughout the process, there are several Alaska laws in place regulating adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity establishment, and more. Find this information, along with other Alaska adoption laws, here.
Laws for Adoptive Families
As you consider adopting in Fairbanks, you should become familiar with Alaska adoption requirements. Alaska statutes regulate who is eligible to adopt, how much money can be spent on an adoption, how advertising may be used in connection with adoption, and more.
Following the placement of the child, every adoption must be finalized in court. Your professional will work with you to coordinate the finalization process and help you complete your adoption. Find more information about the courts in Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Things to do in Fairbanks
Throughout the process, you may find yourself spending some time in Fairbanks, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed. Enjoy the following local attractions during your stay: