Couples and individuals considering adopting or placing a child for adoption in or near San Jose often wonder what resources, services and professionals are available to them. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or are interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent, this guide provides the information you need about San Jose adoption agencies, home study providers and more.
Visit our Adoption in California page for more information about state adoption laws and processes.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in San Jose
Adoption agencies and attorneys are often great resources for local adoption information, both for prospective birth parents and adoptive families. If you are interested in working with an adoption professional near San Jose, these local professionals can provide adoption information and services in your area:
Become a Foster Parent in San Jose
If you are interested in opening your home to a child in foster care, either as a foster or adoptive parent, these local agencies and resources can provide the information you need about foster care in San Jose:
- Santa Clara County DFCS
- Families for Children
- Bill Wilson Center
- EMQ FamiliesFirst
- Rebekah Children’s Services
Keep in mind that different agencies may have different training and requirements for the parents they work with. In addition, all foster parents in California must complete the home study process.
More information about foster care programs, laws and agencies in San Jose and throughout California available on our state adoption page.
San Jose Home Study Services
Anyone seeking to adopt or become a foster parent in San Jose must complete a home study that satisfies all California requirements. Information about the California home study process, qualifications and post-placement study is available here.
In addition, the following professionals are legally qualified to perform home studies in California and can provide more information about what to expect during the home study:
Near San Jose:
- 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 office provides 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 Jose
When the time comes to finally meet the new baby, a hospital plan will be in place to determine who is in the delivery room when the baby is born, how much time the birth and adoptive parents will spend with the new baby, and more.
If you are a prospective birth mother in San Jose, your adoption agency should be able to work with you and your delivery hospital to develop your hospital plan. Here are some area hospitals that you may be working with:
- Good Samaritan Hospital
2425 Samaritan Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
- O’Connor Hospital
2105 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
- Regional Medical Center
225 North Jackson Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
Adoption Laws and Qualifications in San Jose
To ensure the adoption is completed legally and everyone’s rights are protected throughout the process, it may be helpful for prospective birth parents and adoptive parents to understand certain California adoption laws. Find more information about state adoption regulations below and on our California adoption page.
Laws for Birth Parents:
When and how can I legally consent to the adoption? What rights does the birth father have in California adoptions? These are common questions for expectant mothers and birth fathers considering adoption in San Jose. Find information about consent, relinquishment, state paternity laws and more here.
Laws for Adoptive Parents:
Many prospective adoptive parents have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for adopting a baby in San Jose. California statutes regulate many areas of adoption, including qualifications for adoptive parents, expenses that can be paid by adoptive families, the use of advertising and facilitators and more.
While adoption is a lifelong journey, the legal process ends with the finalization of the adoption. Adoptive families will work with an adoption attorney to complete all the necessary legal services throughout the adoption process, including the finalization hearing. Find information about finalization proceedings for Santa Clara County.
Things to do in San Jose
If your adoption plans bring you to San Jose, either to meet with prospective birth parents or to bring your new baby home, be sure to take advantage of these area attractions during your visit: