If you live in the Omaha area and are considering adoption, either as a prospective adoptive parent or as a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are likely wondering about Nebraska adoption laws, resources and processes.
Here, find the information you need about Omaha adoption agencies, home study providers and other local adoption and foster care services.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Omaha
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 Omaha, consider the following:
- Child Saving Institute
- Nebraska Children’s Home Society
- Adoption Consultants
- Bethany Christian Services
- Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
Omaha 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 Nebraska, you must complete a 27-hour PRIDE training program, which will prepare you for every aspect of caring for a child in foster care.
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 Omaha below:
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 Nebraska 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 area:
- Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
LFS works with contracted home study providers to help you complete your Nebraska home study, whether or not you choose to work with their agency.
- Jewish Family Service
Located in Omaha, this agency will conduct your home study and post-placement assessments regardless of your religious affiliation.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Nebraska home study providers.
Hospitals near Omaha
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 Omaha hospitals that you may be able to work with:
- CHI Health Maternity Center at Immanuel
6901 North 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68122
- Assure Women’s Center
6510 Sorensen Parkway
Omaha, Nebraska 68152
- Nebraska Medicine
987400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198
- Methodist Women’s Hospital
8511 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114
Nebraska Adoption Laws and Requirements
All adoptions taking place in Omaha must comply with Nebraska 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 Nebraska adoption laws, visit our Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Omaha, Nebraska, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in Douglas County.
Things to Do in Omaha
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 Omaha from out of state, here are some things you can do during your time in the city: