Whether you are considering adoption as a prospective adoptive parent or expectant mother in Little Rock, there are many local adoption and foster care resources available to you.
Read on to learn more about Little Rock adoption and foster care agencies, home study professionals and other local adoption and foster care services. To learn more about adoption laws, processes and qualifications throughout the state, visit our Arkansas adoption page.
Little Rock Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Your adoption professional can provide the services and support you need throughout the adoption process. There are many adoption professionals to choose from, including national and local adoption agencies and adoption attorneys.
For some adoptive and birth parents, it is most convenient to work with a local adoption agency. Here are some of the local and regional agencies serving the Little Rock area:
Little Rock Foster Care Resources
To become a foster parent in Arkansas, you must complete a home study and meet certain Arkansas foster parent requirements.
If you need more information or if you are ready to begin the foster care or foster-to-adopt process in Little Rock, contact one of the following local agencies:
- Arkansas Heart Gallery
- Treatment Homes Inc.
- Integrity Inc.
- Free Will Baptist Family Ministries
- The Centers for Youth & Families
If you are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system in Little Rock, the adoption process may vary from the domestic infant adoption process. Additional information about fostering and adopting from foster care is available through Arkansas Foster Family Services.
Home Study Providers in Little Rock
The home study is an important part of the process to become a foster or adoptive parent in Little Rock. The Arkansas home study evaluates prospective parents and ensures they are ready to adopt based on criminal records checks, child abuse registry checks, pre-adoptive training and more. For a detailed overview of what to expect during the home study process, visit our How to Adopt in Arkansas page.
Your home study must be conducted by a legally qualified professional in Arkansas. To begin the home study process, contact a provider in your area:
- American Adoptions (AR)
American Adoptions is one of the largest domestic adoption agencies in the country and offers both international and domestic home study services throughout the state of Arkansas.
- Arkansas Home Study and Counseling Services
Sarah Clay is a licensed certified social worker with a private practice offering adoption home study and counseling services.
- Grace Adoptions
Grace Adoptions is a licensed child placement agency in Central Arkansas that provides faith-based services for children, birth parents and adoptive families.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Arkansas home study providers.
Hospitals in Little Rock
One of the most exciting steps in the adoption process is the arrival of the baby. If you are an expectant mother considering adoption, you will have control over your hospital plan, including who is in the delivery room with you, how much interaction you will have with your baby, and more.
Your adoption professional can coordinate with your delivery hospital to ensure a smooth labor and delivery process. As you create your hospital plan, you may be able to work with one of the following Little Rock hospitals:
- UAMS Medical Center
4301 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
- Baptist Health Women’s Center
9601 Baptist Health Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
- CHI St. Vincent
2 St. Vincent Circle
Little Rock, AR 72205
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Can I adopt in Little Rock? What are the laws for placing a baby for adoption in Little Rock? These are common questions for couples and individuals considering adoption. Adoption laws, qualifications and processes are determined by the state of Arkansas. The following provides some information about the types of adoption laws and regulations in place in Little Rock and throughout the rest of the state.
For Birth Parents
Many expectant parents have questions about the laws, rules and process of placing a baby for adoption in Little Rock. An overview of Arkansas laws regarding consent, relinquishment, and paternity is available here.
For Adoptive Families
If you have questions about the qualifications to adopt or foster a child, finalize an international adoption or use adoption advertisers or facilitators, visit our Arkansas adoption page for more information.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization. Your adoption attorney will guide you through the finalization process and ensure your adoption is completed in accordance with all Arkansas adoption laws. Find more information about your local court and adoption finalization in Pulaski County.
Things to Do in Little Rock
Many families adopting from Little Rock end up spending some time in the city during the adoption process. Whether you are visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances, here are some attractions to visit during your stay: