If you are a prospective birth mother or hopeful adoptive parent in Bangor, you probably have questions about adopting or placing a baby for adoption in Maine. There are many local adoption and foster care services and professionals to assist you with your adoption plans.
Learn more about adoption in Bangor below, and find additional information about adoption laws, processes and qualifications on our Adoption in Maine page.
Bangor Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
To begin the adoption process, many hopeful adoptive parents and pregnant women considering adoption first choose an adoption professional to help guide them through the process.
You have many choices when selecting an adoption professional. If you are interested in working with an adoption agency or attorney near Bangor, consider the following:
How to Become a Foster Parent in Bangor
Being a foster parent or adopting from the foster system can be a rewarding way to grow your family. Prior to beginning the foster care or foster-to-adopt process in Bangor, all prospective parents must meet certain Maine state requirements. These requirements can be found on our Maine adoption information page.
If you are ready to become a foster parent or if you have additional questions, contact a foster care professional serving the Bangor area:
Home Study Providers in Bangor
For adoptive and foster parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of the process. The Maine home study process includes criminal records checks, financial information, personal interviews and more.
For more information about what to expect during the home study process, visit our How to Adopt in Maine page.
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 licensed home study provider in your area:
- Acadia Adoption Center
Acadia Adoption Center is a licensed adoption agency assisting families with both international and domestic home studies and adoptions.
- Families and Children Together
FACT provides home studies and post-placement services for families working with an out-of-state agency or adopting a child from Maine’s child welfare system.
- Adoption Partners of Maine
Adoption Partners offers home study services to families entering its infant placement program and those contracted with another placing agency.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Maine home study providers.
Hospitals in Bangor
One of the most emotional parts of the adoption process, both for birth parents and adoptive families, is the time spent in the hospital when the baby is born. It is entirely up to the birth mother to decide how she would like her hospital stay to go.
If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, you will work with your adoption professional and your delivery hospital to ensure everything happens exactly as you want it to. When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, the local Bangor hospital may be able to help you:
- Eastern Maine Medical Center
489 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Many local adoptive and birth parents have questions about Bangor adoption laws and regulations. These laws are determined by the state and are the same in Bangor as they are anywhere else in the state. The following provides an overview of the types of laws regulating Maine adoptions.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
Some of the most important adoption laws for prospective birth parents are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Information about executing consent, protecting birth father rights and more is included in our Maine adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families
Hopeful adoptive parents often wonder what types of adoption professionals they can work with, what adoption expenses they can pay, and even whether they meet the eligibility requirements to adopt in Maine. This information, along with other Maine adoption laws and home study information, can be found here.
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be legally finalized in court. If you are adopting in Bangor, Maine, find information about finalizing your adoption in Penobscot County.
Things to do in Bangor
If you are adopting a child from the Bangor 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 Bangor: