San Diego Adoption & Foster Care Resources
Whether you are interested in adoption as an expectant mother or a prospective adoptive parent in San Diego, there are many resources available to you in your area.
Read on to learn more about local adoption and foster care agencies, home study professionals and other San Diego adoption and foster care services. To learn more about adoption laws, processes and qualifications throughout the state, visit our California adoption page.
San Diego Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Throughout the adoption process, your adoption professional will provide the services and support you need. 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 San Diego area:
San Diego Foster Care Resources
Foster parent qualifications are determined by the state. To become a foster parent in California, you must complete a home study and meet with a licensing worker to ensure that you are fully prepared to foster a child.
If you need more information or if you are ready to begin the foster care or foster-to-adopt process in San Diego, contact one of the following local agencies:
If you are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system in San Diego, the adoption process may vary from the domestic infant adoption process. Additional information about fostering and adopting from foster care is available through the California Department of Social Services.
Home Study Providers in San Diego
The home study is an important part of the process to become a foster or adoptive parent in San Diego. In California, the home study evaluates prospective parents and ensures they are ready to adopt based on criminal records checks, financial information, personal interviews, and more. For a detailed overview of what to expect during the home study process, visit our California adoption information page.
Your home study must be conducted by a legally qualified professional in California. To begin the home study process, contact a provider in your area:
Near San Diego:
- 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 San Diego county residents.
- Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Nightlight’s California office provides domestic, international and embryo adoption home study services for Southern California residents in San Diego County.
- 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.
- 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 San Diego
One of the final steps in the adoption process is the hospital stay and arrival of the baby. If you are an expectant mother making an adoption plan, 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 San Diego hospitals:
- Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
4077 5th Street
San Diego, CA 92103
- Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
3003 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
- Paradise Valley Hospital
2400 East Fourth Street
National City, CA 91950
- Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
- Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista
435 H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
- Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Can I adopt in San Diego? What are the laws for placing a baby for adoption in San Diego? These are common questions for couples and individuals considering adoption. Adoption laws, qualifications and processes are determined by the state of California. The following provides some information about the types of adoption laws and regulations in place in San Diego 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 San Diego. An overview of California 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 California 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 California adoption laws. Find more information about your local court and adoption finalization in San Diego County.
Things to Do in San Diego
Many families adopting from San Diego 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: