As a prospective adoptive or birth parent in Nashua, you likely have many questions about how to adopt or place a baby for adoption in New Hampshire. Fortunately, there are plenty of local adoption professionals available to assist you through the adoption process and answer any questions you might have about adoption in Nashua.
Visit our How to Adopt in New Hampshire page for additional resources and information about adoption in the Granite State.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Nashua
Adoption agencies are licensed, full-service adoption professionals, meaning that they are equipped to help you with every stage of your adoption. Whether you are a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, an adoption agency can be a beneficial and convenient resource.
See the links below for information about Nashua adoption professionals:
Nashua Foster Care Resources
To be a foster parent in Nashua, couples and individuals must meet the requirements of the state and their chosen agency. For prospective foster parents in New Hampshire, that means you must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Own or rent a home
- Complete a home study and criminal records checks for household members over 17 years of age
- Provide five references
- Submit statements of good health
- Complete Foster & Adoptive Care Essentials (FACES) training
If you are interested in becoming a foster family, contact a local foster care organization:
Home Study Providers
Whether you choose domestic infant adoption or foster care, you will need to complete a home study that meets New Hampshire laws and requirements. The New Hampshire home study process includes personal interviews, home visits, criminal history checks and more. A complete list of home study requirements and additional information about the process can be found on our Adoption in New Hampshire page.
The person or agency conducting the home study must be legally qualified. When you are ready to begin the home study process, here are some trusted providers in New Hampshire:
- 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 Nashua
As expecting mothers approach their due date, they must also begin considering their hospital plan, which includes where they would like to give birth, who they want to be with them, and how much time they would like with their baby. If this describes your situation, you can begin working with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to ensure that you have a positive labor and delivery experience.
Follow the links below for more information on hospitals and maternity wards near Nashua:
- Southern New Hampshire Health
8 Prospect Street
Nashua, NH 03060
- Joseph Hospital
172 Kinsley Street
Nashua, NH 03060
New Hampshire Adoption Laws and Requirements
If you are pursuing adoption, you should become aware of the laws that regulate the adoption process and protect the rights of everyone involved. To learn more about the details of adoption regulations and requirements, visit our page on How to Adopt in New Hampshire. For an overview on adoption laws pertaining to birth parents and adoptive families, read the sections below.
As the child’s mother, you must give written consent to the adoption before it will be officially recognized. Each state has unique laws regarding when a birth mother can terminate her parental rights and how it must be done, which you can read about in our New Hampshire adoption information.
The father of your child also has rights that must be properly terminated. Like you, he can give his written consent to the adoption. If he cannot be contacted, or you cannot obtain his consent for another reason, speak to your adoption specialist.
In New Hampshire, the basic requirements for adoption eligibility outline who is legally allowed to adopt. Additionally, your adoption professional may have its own set of requirements that you must meet in order to work with them. Other criteria for eligibility can include age, marital status, or religious affiliation. If you have any concerns about your adoption eligibility, speak to your professional or visit our New Hampshire adoption page.
County Court Information
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be legally finalized in court. If you are adopting in Nashua, New Hampshire, find information about finalizing your adoption in your county by contacting your county court.
Things to Do in Nashua
If you are traveling to Nashua to adopt, you should expect to remain in the state of New Hampshire for 7-10 business days. During that time, here are some things you can do in and around Nashua:
For more information on resources near you, visit our Adoption in Manchester page.