As a prospective adoptive or birth parent in Santa Fe, there are many local resources and professionals available to assist you through the adoption process and answer your questions about how to adopt or place a baby for adoption in New Mexico. Below, learn more about these professionals and find answers to common questions about adoption in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Adoption Professionals and Adoption Agencies
One of the first steps for birth mothers and adoptive parents in the adoption process is to choose an adoption professional. You will work with your adoption professional to get the services and support you need through every step of the adoption process.
The following Santa Fe adoption agencies and professionals have experience completing local adoptions and can help you reach your adoption goals:
Become a Foster Parent in Santa Fe
Prospective foster and foster-adoptive parents in New Mexico must meet certain eligibility requirements, complete the home study and submit background checks. More information about becoming a foster parent in New Mexico is available through our Adoption in New Mexico page.
The following local agencies and resources can also provide additional information about becoming a foster parent in Santa Fe:
Home Study Providers in Santa Fe
For adoptive parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process. The New Mexico home study includes criminal history and child abuse registry checks, as well as personal interviews with members of the adoptive family.
For more information about what to expect during the home study process, visit our How to Adopt in New Mexico page.
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:
- Adoptions Plus
Adoptions Plus provides all adoption services with individual care and attention, reasonable rates and in a timely manner that meets the requirements for domestic and international adoptions.
- Adoption Assistance Agency
Adoption Assistance Agency provides home study services according to New Mexico adoption laws and regulations as well as agency policies developed from years of experience.
Hospitals in Santa Fe
One of the most emotional parts of the adoption process, both for birth parents and adoptive families, is the time spent in the hospital when the baby is born. It is entirely up to the birth mother to decide how she would like her hospital stay to go.
If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, you will work with your adoption professional and your delivery hospital to ensure everything happens exactly as you want it to. When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, the following Santa Fe hospital may be able to assist you:
- CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
455 St. Michaels Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Some of the most common questions for birth parents and adoptive families in Santa Fe are about local adoption laws and regulations. Adoption laws are determined by the state and are the same in Santa Fe as they are in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and anywhere else in the state.
The following provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in New Mexico.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. New Mexico 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 other New Mexico adoption laws, is included in our New Mexico adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families
Hopeful adoptive parents often 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 New Mexico adoption laws is available in our adoption in New Mexico page.
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be finalized in family court. If you are adopting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, find information about finalizing your adoption in Santa Fe County.
Things to do in Santa Fe
As you visit prospective birth parents or wait for ICPC paperwork to be processed, you may find yourself spending some time in Santa Fe during the adoption process. Here are some fun ways to spend your time if you are looking for things to do in the area: