As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family in Billings, you may have several questions about placing a baby for adoption or adopting a child in Montana.
There are many adoption professionals in the area who can assist you through the process and answer your questions. Read on to learn more about adoption in Billings, and find additional resources and information on our How to Adopt in Montana page.
Billings Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
One of the first steps in the adoption process, both for adoptive parents and birth mothers, is to choose an adoption professional to work with. Your adoption professional will provide the services and support you need to successfully complete your adoption.
The following adoption agencies and attorneys are based in the Billings area and have experience completing local adoptions:
- Lutheran Social Services of Montana
- Catholic Social Services of Montana
- Patten, Peterman, Bekkedahl & Green
How to Become a Foster Parent in Billings
To become a foster parent or to adopt from the foster care system in Montana, you will need to meet certain state qualifications and complete the Montana home study process. Information about these requirements is available on our Montana adoption page.
In addition, the following Billings foster care agencies and resources can provide additional information:
Find additional foster care information and support through other professionals serving Montana.
Home Study Providers in Billings
For adoptive and foster parents in Billings, the home study is one of the most important parts of the process.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your home study and ensure it complies with all Montana laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider serving Billings:
- A New Arrival
A New Arrival is a nonprofit, licensed, Hague-accredited adoption agency that provides international and domestic home studies and post-placement adoption services in the state of Montana.
Hospitals in Billings
For birth parents and adoptive families, one of the most emotional parts of the adoption process is the time spent in the hospital when the baby is born. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby as a prospective birth mother, it will be entirely up to you to decide how you would like your hospital stay to go.
This is known as your hospital plan, and you can work with your adoption professional and delivery hospital to ensure everything happens as you want it to. When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Billings hospitals that may be able to assist you:
- Vincent Healthcare
1233 North 30th Street
Billings, MT 59101
- Billings Clinic
801 North 29th Street
Billings, MT 59101
- Billings Clinic West
2675 Central Avenue
Billings, MT 59102
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Birth parents and adoptive families in Billings often have questions about local adoption laws. Adoption laws and regulations are determined by the state and are no different in Billings than in Missoula, Great Falls, or anywhere else in the state.
The following section provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in Montana.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Montana adoption statutes regulate who must consent to an adoption, when and how consent can be executed, when consent becomes irrevocable, and more. This information, along with information about birth father rights, is included in our Montana adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families
Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder whether they are eligible to adopt, what adoption expenses they are permitted to pay, and the types of adoption professionals who may advertise or facilitate an adoption. An outline of these and other Montana adoption laws is available on our Montana adoption page.
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be finalized in court. If you are adopting in Billings, Montana, find information about finalizing your adoption in Yellowstone County.
Things to do in Billings
If you are adopting a child from Billings, you may find yourself spending some time in the city, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed. Here are some fun ways to spend your time if you are looking for things to do in Billings: