If you live in the capital of Mississippi or are about to pursue an adoption there, you may be wondering what resources are available to you. Fortunately, you can find everything you need right in your home city.
The following page contains information on local adoption agencies, home study providers, hospitals, and anything else you need for your adoption in Jackson, Mississippi.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Jackson
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 Jackson, consider the following:
Jackson Foster Care Resources
Like adoptive parents, foster parents must meet the requirements of their state before they can care for a child. If you want to become a foster parent in Mississippi, you must fit the following criteria:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 65
- Undergo background check
- If married, be married for at least 2 years
- Complete a home study and have:
- Running and sanitary water
- A working telephone
- A smoke alarm and fire extinguisher
- A bedroom and bed for the child
- Be in good health
- Be able to provide transportation for the child
If you would like to learn more about fostering and available children near you, you can find a list of foster care agencies in or near Jackson below:
- Mississippi Department of Human Services
- Mississippi Children’s Home Services
- Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc.
Home Study Providers
For prospective parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process. Consisting of interviews, background checks, home visits and a written report, the Mississippi home study helps ensure that your home is fit for a child.
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 state:
- New Beginnings
Contact New Beginnings for an in-depth review of your home that will meet all Mississippi guidelines.
- Lifeline Children’s Services
Lifeline has licensed social workers in all of the states where they complete adoptions, including Mississippi.
Hospitals near Jackson
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 Jackson hospitals that you may be able to work with:
- Merit Health Women’s Hospital
1026 North Flowood Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
- Baptist Health Systems
1225 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
- Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
Mississippi Adoption Laws and Requirements
All adoptions taking place in Jackson must comply with Mississippi adoption laws. State adoption laws regulate many steps in the adoption process, and it is important to work with your adoption professional or adoption attorney to ensure your adoption is legally valid.
To learn more about Mississippi adoption laws, visit our Mississippi adoption page. For an overview of the legal processes that impact birth parents and adoptive families, read the following sections.
Every state has unique consent laws designed to protect your parental rights and help you to make an informed adoption decision.
Similarly, the father of the child must also terminate his parental rights, either voluntarily or involuntarily. If you have questions or concerns about the father’s role in your adoption, speak to your adoption attorney or visit our Mississippi adoption page.
All families must meet the basic eligibility requirements of their state in order to be able to adopt.
Additionally, you may have to meet extra requirements put in place by your adoption professional. Speak to your particular professional if you have any questions or concerns, and view our Mississippi adoption information to learn more.
County Court Information
Following placement, your adoption will need to be finalized in court. If you are finalizing your adoption in Jackson, Mississippi, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in your county:
Things to Do in Jackson
When families adopt from outside of their home state, they must remain in the birth mother’s state for 7-10 days to wait for legal clearance. If you are adopting in Jackson from out of state, here are some things you can do during your time in the city: