If you live in the San Francisco Bay area and are considering adoption, either as a prospective adoptive parent or as a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have questions about California adoption resources, laws and process.
Here, find information about San Francisco adoption agencies, home study providers and more.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in San Francisco
As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, the professional you choose to work with will play an important role throughout your adoption journey. Your adoption agency or adoption attorney will help guide you through each step of the process and ensure you receive the services and support you need.
If you live in San Francisco, consider the following local and regional adoption professionals:
Foster Care Professionals in San Francisco
Foster care programs, requirements and processes are determined by the state. In San Francisco, foster parents must meet all California foster care requirements, meet with a licensing worker and complete a home study.
Some agencies have additional training or requirements for the parents they work with. Contact a local foster care agency for more information about the process to become a foster parent in the Bay area:
Home Study Providers in San Francisco
Whether you are interested in private infant adoption or foster care in San Francisco, you will be required to complete a home study that meets California requirements. Information about the California home study process and requirements is available here.
It is important to work with a legally qualified home study provider. To get started on your adoption or foster care home study, contact one of these area home study professionals:
Near San Francisco:
- 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 in1 9 California counties, including Santa Clara county.
- 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 for Southern California residents.
- Lilliput Children’s Services
Lilliput is licensed to do adoption home studies for private domestic adoptions.
Hospitals in San Francisco
As her due date approaches, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are pregnant and considering adoption for your baby, you will have the opportunity to make many decisions about the labor and delivery process, including who will be in the delivery room with you, who gets to hold the baby first, how much time you spend with the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to start making your hospital plan, your adoption agency will communicate with your delivery hospital to ensure everything goes according to your wishes. As you consider your hospital plan, learn more about some hospitals in the area:
- California Pacific Women & Children’s Center
3698 California Street, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94118
- UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital
1855 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
- Mills-Peninsula Family Birth Center
1501 Trousdale Drive, Suite 240
Burlingame, CA 94010
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkley, CA 94705
- Washington Hospital
2000 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
- San Ramon Regional Medical Center
6001 Norris Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
- El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road
Mountain View, CA 94040
- Sequoia Hospital
170 Alameda de las Pulgas
Redwood City, CA 94062
- ValleyCare Medical Center
5555 W. Las Positas Blvd.
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Adoption is a legal process regulated by state laws. Below, find an overview of the statutes impacting adoptive parents and birth parents in San Francisco, and learn more about state adoption laws, qualifications and processes on our Adoption in California page.
Laws for Birth Parents:
Every adoption involves the legal termination of the birth mother’s and father’s parental rights. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption in San Francisco, get the information you need about birth father rights, executing consent and more here.
Laws for Adoptive Parents:
Throughout the adoption process, San Francisco families must adhere to California laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization, advertising and more. These laws are outlined here.
Every adoption must be finalized in court. If you are adopting in the San Francisco area, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing adoption in your county below.
- Alameda County
- Contra Costa County
- Marin County
- Napa County
- San Francisco County
- San Mateo County
- Santa Clara County
- Solano County
- Sonoma County
Things to do in San Francisco
If you are an adoptive parent and your child is born in or around San Francisco, you will likely find yourself in the Bay area visiting your baby’s birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in San Francisco before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area:
- Alcatraz Island
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Cable Cars
- Lombard Street
- Pier 39
- Muir Woods National Monument
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Ghirardelli Square