As a family hoping to grow through adoption or a pregnant woman considering adoption for your baby, you have access to a variety of services and support throughout the adoption process. Here, you will find local resources and adoption information for Stamford, Connecticut.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Stamford
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.
When choosing an adoption agency, some people prefer to work with an adoption professional in their area. The following adoption professionals are based in the Stamford area and have experience completing local adoptions:
- Family & Children’s Agency
- Forever Families through Adoption
- Law Office of Joseph T. O’Connor
- Donald B. Sherer, Attorney at Law
- Sharen A. Friday
Stamford Foster Care Resources
If you live in Stamford, Connecticut, and are interested in fostering a child, you will need to meet certain state requirements for foster parents and complete the home study process. Information about foster parent eligibility, as well as Connecticut home study requirements, is included in our state adoption information.
The following local agencies and resources can also provide additional information about becoming a foster parent in Stamford:
Home Study Providers
The home study is a major milestone in every adoption and foster care process, and home study requirements are determined by the state. In Connecticut, the process includes at least one visit to the home and interviews with all members of the household. For more information about what to expect during the home study, visit our guide to Adoption in Connecticut.
When you are ready to begin the home study process, contact any of these legally qualified home study providers in your state:
- Wide Horizons for Children
Wide Horizons for Children can connect you to their Connecticut office for assistance with any of your adoption needs.
- Independent Adoption Center
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.
- Rainbow Adoptions International, Inc.
This licensed, non-profit agency can help Connecticut families complete their domestic or international home studies.
- Adoptions from the Heart
With AFTH, you can expect to complete your home study in compliance with Connecticut guidelines and laws.
Hospitals near Stamford
If you are a pregnant mother considering adoption, you will eventually need to create a hospital plan. Your adoption specialist and healthcare provider can assist you with this part of your adoption plan. When arranging for your hospital stay, you should consider where and how you want to give birth and who you want to be there with you.
As you think about your hospital trip, you can find more information about hospitals near you:
- Stamford Hospital
1 Hospital Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904
- Greenwich Hospital
5 Perryridge Road
Greenwich , CT 06830
Connecticut Adoption Laws and Requirements
Hopeful parents and pregnant women considering adoption often have questions about Stamford adoption laws, qualifications and processes. Adoption laws are determined by the state, and are the same in Stamford as they are anywhere else in Connecticut. Read below for an overview of some of the adoption laws regulating adoption in Stamford.
For Birth Parents
Many birth mothers and fathers have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for placing a baby for adoption in Stamford. Each state determines when and how birth parents can give consent at the time of an adoption. In Connecticut, a mother may consent to adoption no sooner than 48 hours after the child is born.
More information about adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity and more is available in our Connecticut adoption information.
For Adoptive Families
Each state has unique eligibility criteria for adoptive parents. In Connecticut, any individual adult or husband-and-wife couple may adopt, as long as the person to be adopted is not a spouse, sibling, uncle or aunt of the adopting person.
Hopeful adoptive parents in Connecticut must also follow all laws regulating adoption expenses, finalization, the use of advertising, and more. An outline of laws and regulations for adoptive families in Connecticut is available on our Connecticut adoption page.
County Court Information
All adoptions must be finalized in court, a proceeding which occurs around six months after placement. Following a number of post-placement visits, you will be asked to appear in court for the final hearing. At that time, your adoption specialist will provide you with more information.
Visit the Fairfield Superior Court to learn more about court proceedings in your area.
Things to Do in Stamford
Many parents who adopt from Connecticut end up spending some time in Stamford, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for their ICPC paperwork to be processed. If your adoption plan brings you to the Stamford area, consider visiting: