Every year, families and expecting mothers across the nation are able to complete adoptions right in their home town. For hopeful families and pregnant women considering adoption in Louisville, Kentucky, there are plenty of available resources to consult.
Read on for a list of adoption agencies, home study providers, hospitals, and anything else you need to know about adoption in Louisville. For more details on the process, visit our Adoption in Kentucky page.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Louisville
There are multiple kinds of adoption professionals you can consult if you are considering adoption, including facilitators, law firms, and law centers. Adoption agencies, whether they are national or local, are beneficial to expecting mothers and adoptive families because they provide all of the services you need in one place.
If you would like to find an adoption agency or other professional in Louisville, follow some of the links below:
- Adoption Services of Kentuckiana
- Adoption Assistance, Inc.
- A Caring Connection
- Childplace, Inc.
- A Child’s Dream
Louisville Foster Care Resources
Parents looking to pursue foster care in Louisville should become familiar with the requirements in Kentucky, which include being at least 21 years old and having the proper physical health, financial stability, and home environment to raise a child.
To learn more about foster parenting in Louisville or to inquire about available children, contact one of your nearby foster care professionals:
Home Study Providers
Consisting of personal interviews, background checks, a home evaluation and more, the Kentucky home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your adoption home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider in your area:
- Adoption Assistance, Inc.
As a full-service adoption agency, Adoption Assistance, Inc. also provides home studies for families in Louisville or anywhere else in Kentucky.
- Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana
If you are pursuing adoption with another agency, Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana will work with you and your professional to complete your home study.
- All Blessings International
All Blessings International offers a number of services, including training and education, for adoptive families during the home study process.
Hospitals near Louisville
If you are a pregnant mother and pursuing adoption, you will want to work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to plan your hospital stay. By creating a hospital plan, you can let those involved in your adoption know how you want the big day to proceed and who you want to be there with you.
To get started or find more information, you can contact a nearby hospital:
- UofL Physicians
300 East Market Street, Suite 400
Louisville, KY 40202
- Baptist Health Louisville
4000 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY 40207
- Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital
4001 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Kentucky Adoption Laws and Requirements
Expectant and adopting parents in Louisville must abide by Kentucky law when they are pursuing their adoption plans. To learn more about the process and legal procedures, visit our page on How to Adopt in Kentucky. For a brief overview of laws pertaining to birth parents and adoptive families, read the sections below.
In order for a child to be adopted, the birth mother and father must both give consent or have their parental rights otherwise terminated. In Kentucky, consent may not be given until 72 hours after the birth of a child.
In some cases, the explicit consent of the birth father is not needed. If the father of the child is not present, cannot be contacted, or does not consent to the adoption for another reason, speak to your adoption professional about what measures you need to take.
For more information on consent laws and your parental rights, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Each state has a unique set of basic requirements that families must meet before they can pursue adoption. Adoptive parents in Kentucky must reside in the state for at least a year before they are eligible to adopt a child.
Additionally, you must meet the requirements put in place by your adoption professional. Adoption agencies and other professionals may have more stringent eligibility criteria, so make sure to take this into account when choosing who to work with in your adoption.
County Court Information
Adoptions are finalized in court after a number of post-placement visits by a social worker. Your adoption specialist will inform you of what you need to do when it is time to finalize your adoption. If you would like information on the courts near you, you can visit the Jefferson County Family Court.
Things to Do in Louisville
If you are adopting a child from the Louisville area, you may find yourself spending some time in the city, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. Here are some fun local attractions to visit if you are looking for ways to spend your time in Louisville: