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Hartford Adoption & Foster Care Resources

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Families hoping to adopt or pregnant women considering adoption may be unsure of what resources are available to them in the Hartford area. Here, you can find everything you need to know to complete your Hartford adoption from start to finish.

Read on to find information about Hartford adoption and foster care professionals, home study providers, hospitals, and more.

Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Hartford

Prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families should work closely with an adoption professional throughout the process. This professional will provide education, counseling and the adoption services you need to complete your adoption.

If you would prefer to work with a local or regional agency, consider the following Hartford adoption professionals:

Hartford Foster Care Resources

Foster care programs, requirements and processes vary depending on state laws. In Connecticut, the requirements for foster parents include:

  • Be 21 years old
  • Have a sufficient income and a suitable home environment
  • Undergo a police and FBI check
  • Complete a home study
  • Have at least 2 bedrooms in the home
  • Attend a 10-week training program

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 Hartford:

Home Study Providers

All prospective adoptive families must complete a home study. It is recommended that you begin the process as soon as possible, as it can take up to a few months and you must complete it before you can move forward in your adoption.

For your home study, you will need to contact a licensed social worker to conduct a background check, a home inspection, and interviews with you and your family. To begin the process or inquire further, contact one of the following Connecticut-licensed home study providers:

  • Wide Horizons for Children
    781-894-5330
    Wide Horizons for Children can connect you to their Connecticut office for assistance with any of your adoption needs.
  • Independent Adoption Center
    203-747-8500
    IAC is a licensed, non-profit agency that strongly advocates open adoption and will assist families across several states with home studies.
  • Connecticut Adoption Services
    860-886-7500 ext. 355
    CT Adoption Services offers comprehensive adoption services and education to hopeful families, and they will explain and guide you through every step of the home study.
  • Adoptions from the Heart
    860-657-2626
    With AFTH, you can expect to complete your home study in compliance with Connecticut guidelines and laws.

Hospitals near Hartford

As the baby’s due date draws closer, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, this will be your opportunity to decide who is in the delivery room with you, how much time you will spend with your baby and the adoptive family, and more.

When you are ready to begin planning your hospital stay, your adoption agency will work with the delivery hospital to make them aware of your wishes. Here are some local Hartford hospitals that you may be able to work with:

Connecticut Adoption Laws and Requirements

Some of the most common questions for couples and individuals considering adoption in Hartford are about local adoption laws and regulations. Adoption laws are determined by the state and are the same in Hartford as they are anywhere else in the state.

The following provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in Connecticut. More detailed adoption law information is available on our Connecticut adoption page.

For Birth Parents:

For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Connecticut statutes regulate who must consent to an adoption, when and how consent can be executed, and more. This information and other Connecticut birth parent laws can be found at the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

For Adoptive Families:

In Connecticut, there are laws in place regulating who is eligible to adopt, what expenses an adoptive family is permitted to pay, the types of adoption professionals who may advertise or facilitate an adoption, and more. To learn about your eligibility to adopt, review your state’s adoption laws and speak with your adoption professional about additional requirements they may have.

County Court Information

Hartford adoptions must be finalized in court which will usually take place around six months after you take your child home. If you are adopting in Hartford, Connecticut, find your local courthouse and other details about proceedings in your county for additional information.

Things to Do in Hartford

As adoptive parents, you may find yourself in the Hartford area during the adoption process to visit your baby’s birth parents or wait for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in Hartford before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: