As one of the largest cities in Kentucky, Bowling Green has a lot to offer – including adoption services for hopeful families and expecting mothers. If you are looking to adopt or place a baby in Bowling Green, this page will provide you with information on local adoption agencies, foster care professionals, home study providers, and anything else you may need.
For more information on the adoption process in your area, see our Kentucky adoption information.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Bowling Green
Prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families should work closely with an adoption professional throughout the process. This professional will provide education, counseling and other services you need to complete your adoption.
If you would prefer to work with a local or regional agency, consider the following Bowling Green adoption professionals:
Bowling Green Foster Care Resources
Foster care programs, requirements and processes vary depending on state laws. In Kentucky, the requirements for foster parents include:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Show evidence of good mental and physical health
- Be financially stable
- Attend an information meeting and foster parent training
- 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 Bowling Green:
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 Kentucky-licensed home study providers:
Near Bowling Green:
- All Blessings International
ABI offers full training and education services for Kentucky families throughout the home study.
- Adoption Assistance, Inc.
Adoption Assistance, Inc. is a non-profit child placing agency that is licensed to complete adoptions and home studies in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Hospitals near Bowling Green
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 Bowling Green hospitals that you may be able to work with:
- The Medical Center
250 Park Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
- TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital
1801 Ashley Circle
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Kentucky Adoption Laws and Requirements
Some of the most common questions for couples and individuals considering adoption in Bowling Green are about local adoption laws and regulations. Adoption laws are determined by the state and are the same in Bowling Green as they are anywhere else in the state.
The following provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in Kentucky. More detailed adoption law information is available on our Kentucky adoption page.
For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Kentucky statutes regulate who must consent to an adoption, when and how consent can be executed, and more. In Kentucky, a woman may consent to the adoption of her child no sooner than 72 hours after giving birth.
Additional information about consent laws and other Kentucky birth parent laws can be found at the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
In Kentucky, 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. According to the state’s statutes, any adult who has resided in Kentucky for at least a year may adopt a child there.
To learn more 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
Bowling Green 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 Bowling Green, Kentucky, contact the Warren County Circuit Court Clerk for more information on proceedings in your area.
Things to Do in Bowling Green
As adoptive parents, you may find yourself in the Bowling Green 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 Bowling Green before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: