As a prospective adoptive or birth parent in Fresno, you likely have many questions about how to adopt or place a baby for adoption in California. There are many adoption and foster care resources and professionals in your area who may be able to assist you.
Learn more about adoption in Fresno below, and find additional information about adoption laws, processes and qualifications on our California page.
Fresno Adoption Professionals
To begin the adoption process, many hopeful adoptive parents and pregnant women considering adoption first choose an adoption professional to help guide them through the process.
You have many choices when selecting an adoption professional. If you are interested in working with an adoption agency or attorney near Fresno, consider the following:
How to Become a Foster Parent in Fresno
Being a foster parent or adopting from the foster system can be a rewarding way to grow your family. Prior to beginning the foster care or foster-to-adopt process in Fresno, all prospective parents must meet certain California state requirements. These requirements can be found on our state adoption information page.
If you are ready to become a foster parent or if you have additional questions, contact a foster care professional in the Fresno area:
Home Study Providers in Fresno
For adoptive and foster parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of the process. The California home study process includes criminal records checks, financial information, personal interviews and more.
For more information about what to expect during the home study process, visit our Adoption in California page.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your adoption home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a licensed home study provider in California:
- The Family Network, Inc.
The Family Network, Inc. is a nonprofit agency licensed to perform international and domestic home studies and other adoption-related services in California.
- Adoption Connection
Adoption Connection provides home study services to families in 19 California counties.
- AAC-Alpha Adoption Centers
Alpha Adoption Centers is a nonprofit adoption agency licensed by the state of California to provide domestic home studies and post-placement services for Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego county residents.
- Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Nightlight’s California offices provide domestic, international and embryo adoption home study services.
- Lilliput Children’s Services
Lilliput is licensed to do adoption home studies for private domestic adoptions.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about California home study providers.
Hospitals in Fresno
One of the most emotional parts of the adoption process, both for birth parents and adoptive families, is the time spent in the hospital when the baby is born. It is entirely up to the birth mother to decide how she would like her hospital stay to go.
If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, you will work with your adoption professional and your delivery hospital to ensure everything happens exactly as you want it to. When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Fresno area hospitals that may be able to assist you:
- Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
- Saint Agnes Medical Center
1303 E. Herndon Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720
- Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center
7300 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Many local adoptive and birth parents have questions about Fresno adoption laws and regulations. These laws are determined by the state of California and are the same in Fresno as they are in Los Angeles, San Francisco and anywhere else in the state. The following provides an overview of the types of laws regulating California adoptions.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
Some of the most important adoption laws for prospective birth parents are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Information about executing consent, protecting birth father rights and more is included in our California adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families
Hopeful adoptive parents often wonder what types of adoption professionals they can work with, what adoption expenses they can pay, and even whether they meet the eligibility requirements to adopt in California. This information, along with other California adoption laws and home study information, can be found here.
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be legally finalized in court. If you are adopting in Fresno, California, find information about finalizing your adoption in Fresno County.
Things to do in Fresno
If you are adopting a child from the Fresno area, you may find yourself spending some time in the city, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. Here are some fun local attractions to visit if you are looking for ways to spend your time in Fresno: