If you are from the Lewiston area and are considering adoption, either as a prospective adoptive parent or a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have questions about Maine adoption laws and processes. Below, find information about Lewiston adoption agencies, home study providers, and other local adoption and foster care resources.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Lewiston
As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, your adoption professional will play an integral role in throughout the adoption process and ensure you receive the support and services you need along the way.
If you live in Lewiston, consider the following local and regional adoption professionals:
Foster Care Professionals in Lewiston
Foster care programs, requirements and processes are determined by the state. In Lewiston, foster parents must meet all Maine foster care requirements and complete a home study.
Some agencies have additional training or requirements for the parents they work with. Visit the following local resources for more information about the process to become a foster parent in Lewiston:
Home Study Providers in Lewiston
Whether you choose private infant adoption or foster care in Lewiston, you will need to complete a home study that meets Maine requirements. Information about the Maine home study process and requirements is available on our How to Adopt in Maine page.
It is important to work with a legally qualified home study provider. To get started on your adoption or foster care home study, contact one of these area home study professionals:
- 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.
Hospitals in Lewiston
As her due date approaches, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are pregnant and considering adoption for your baby, you will have the opportunity to make many decisions about the labor and delivery process, including who will be in the delivery room with you, who gets to hold the baby first, how much time you spend with the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to start making your hospital plan, your adoption agency will communicate with your delivery hospital to ensure everything goes according to your wishes. As you consider your hospital plan, learn more about some hospitals in the area:
- Central Maine Medical Center
300 Maine Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
- Mary’s Family Birthing Center
93 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Adoption is a legal process regulated by state laws. Below, find an overview of the statutes impacting adoptive parents and birth parents in Lewiston, and learn more about state adoption laws, qualifications and processes on our Adoption in Maine page.
Laws for Birth Parents:
Every adoption involves the legal termination of the birth mother’s and father’s parental rights. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption in Lewiston, get the information you need about birth father rights, executing consent and more here.
Laws for Adoptive Parents:
Throughout the adoption process, Lewiston families must adhere to Maine laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization, advertising and more. These laws are outlined here.
Every adoption must be finalized in court. If you are adopting in the Lewiston area, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing adoption in Androscoggin County.
Things to do in Lewiston
If you are an adoptive parent and your child is born in or around Lewiston, you may find yourself in the area visiting your baby’s birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in Lewiston before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: