As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family in Concord, you may have several questions about placing a baby for adoption or adopting a child in New Hampshire.
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 Concord, and find additional resources and information on our How to Adopt in New Hampshire page.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Concord
Prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families should work closely with an adoption professional throughout the process. This professional will provide education, counseling and the adoption services you need to complete your adoption.
When choosing an adoption agency, some people prefer to work with an adoption professional in their area. The following adoption professionals are based in the Concord area and have experience completing local adoptions:
Concord Foster Care Resources
If you live in Concord, New Hampshire, and are interested in fostering a child, you will need to meet certain state requirements for foster parents and complete the home study process. Information about foster parent eligibility, as well as New Hampshire home study requirements, is included in our state adoption information.
The following local agencies and resources can also provide additional information about becoming a foster parent in Concord:
Home Study Providers
The home study is a major milestone in every adoption and foster care process, and home study requirements are determined by the state. In New Hampshire, the process includes at least one visit to the home and interviews with all members of the household. For more information about what to expect during the home study, visit our guide to Adoption in New Hampshire.
When you are ready to begin the home study process, contact any of these legally qualified home study providers in your area:
- New Hope for Children
This private practice is licensed to provide home studies, post-placement assessments, and adoption counseling for anyone pursuing adoption in New Hampshire.
- Child and Family Services
Child and Family Services will offer domestic and international home studies, updates, and post-placement assessments in accordance with New Hampshire Adoption Standards.
Hospitals near Concord
If you are a pregnant mother considering adoption, you will eventually need to create a hospital plan. Your adoption specialist and healthcare provider can assist you with this part of your adoption plan. When arranging for your hospital stay, you should consider where and how you want to give birth and who you want to be there with you.
As you think about your hospital trip, you can find more information about hospitals near you:
- Concord Hospital
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
- Concord Birth Center
254 North State Street, Suite D
Concord, NH 03301
New Hampshire Adoption Laws and Requirements
Hopeful parents and pregnant women considering adoption often have questions about Concord adoption laws, qualifications and processes. Adoption laws are determined by the state, and are the same in Concord as they are anywhere else in New Hampshire. Read below for an overview of some of the adoption laws regulating adoption in Concord.
Many birth mothers and fathers have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for placing a baby for adoption in Concord. Each state determines when and how birth parents can give consent at the time of an adoption.
Information about adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity and more is available in our New Hampshire adoption information.
Hopeful adoptive parents in New Hampshire must meet certain age and residency requirements and follow all laws regulating adoption expenses, finalization, the use of advertising, and more. An outline of laws and regulations for adoptive families in New Hampshire is available on our New Hampshire adoption page.
County Court Information
All adoptions must be finalized in court, a proceeding which occurs around six months after placement. Following a number of post-placement visits, you will be asked to appear in court for the final hearing. At that time, your adoption specialist will provide you with more information.
Contact the Merrimack Superior Court to learn more about court proceedings in your area.
Things to Do in Concord
Many parents who adopt from New Hampshire end up spending some time in Concord, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for their ICPC paperwork to be processed. If your adoption plan brings you to the Concord area, consider visiting: