If you live in the Reno, Nevada, area and are considering adoption, either as a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy or as a prospective adoptive parent, you are likely wondering about Nevada adoption laws, rules and qualifications.
Below, find the information you need about local adoption agencies, home study providers and other Reno adoption and foster care resources.
Your adoption professional will provide pre- and post-placement services and support through each step of the adoption process. These professionals have offices in Reno and can provide detailed information about adoption in your area:
Foster Care Professionals in Reno
If you are interested in adopting through the foster care system or providing temporary care as a foster parent, you must meet certain state requirements and become licensed through a local foster care agency. In Nevada, prospective foster parents must meet certain age requirements and undergo a background check and home study process.
To learn more about the requirements and steps to become a foster parent in Reno, contact a foster care professional in your area:
Additional Nevada foster care information is available on our Adoption in Nevada page.
Home Study Providers in Reno
Whether you are growing your family through private domestic infant adoption or through the Nevada foster system, you will be required to complete a home study prior to placement. The home study is an important step in every adoption and foster care process.
When you are ready to begin the adoption home study, contact a Nevada home study provider near you:
- Premier Adoption
Premier Adoption Agency is a Nevada=licensed home study and full service adoption agency. Premier Adoption takes the guesswork out of the home study evaluation and adoption process.
- Adoption Choices of Nevada
Adoption Choices of Nevada is a Nevada licensed child-placing agency with staff in the Reno and Las Vegas areas that can provide services throughout the entire state. Adoption Choices of Nevada provides home study and post-placement services and can also counsel and match adoptive families and prospective birth parents.
Hospitals in Reno
As an expectant mother making an adoption plan, you will have the opportunity to plan your hospital stay when the baby arrives. Your hospital plan will determine who you see in the delivery room, how much time you will spend with the adoptive family, and more.
As you consider your hospital plan, find information about Reno hospitals below:
- Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
235 West 6th Street
Reno, NV 89503
- Renown Children’s Hospital
1155 Mill Street
Reno, NV 89502
Laws and Qualifications to Adopt in Reno
An attorney is required in every adoption to ensure the adoption follows all Nevada laws and requirements. Your attorney can explain the legal adoption process and ensure all of your rights are protected. However, many adoptive and birth parents are interested in learning more about adoption laws, rules and regulations. Here, find an overview of the adoption regulations impacting adoptive and birth parents in Reno.
It is important for birth parents to be aware of their rights during the adoption process, especially when it comes to consent and relinquishment. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby in Reno, get the information you need about paternity, consent and more here.
For Adoptive Parents
To be eligible to adopt in Reno, you must meet certain qualifications and complete the Nevada home study process. Throughout the adoption process, you must adhere to state laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization, advertising and more. These laws are outlined here.
Following the birth parents’ consent and the adoption placement, every adoption must be finalized in court. Your adoption professional can assist you through the finalization process. Find additional information about finalizing an adoption in Washoe County.
Things to do in Reno
If you are traveling to Reno to adopt, there are many ways to spend your time in the area. Whether you are visiting your baby’s birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed, here are some places to visit around Reno: