Whether you are considering adoption as an expectant mother or prospective adoptive parent in Mount Pleasant, you likely have questions about local adoption laws and processes. The following information provides an overview of local adoption and foster care agencies, home study professionals and other adoption and foster care services available in your area.
Read on to learn more about starting the adoption process in Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Your adoption professional will provide pre- and post-adoption services and help guide you through the adoption process. There are many adoption professionals to choose from, including national and local adoption agencies as well as adoption attorneys.
If you are interested in working with an adoption professional in Mount Pleasant, the following local professionals can help you get started:
Mount Pleasant Foster Care Resources
Prospective foster parents must complete a home study and meet all state licensing requirements to ensure they are fully prepared to foster a child.
If you would like more information or if you are ready to begin the foster care or foster to adopt process in Mount Pleasant, contact one of the following local agencies:
Additional information about the requirements and process to become a foster parent or adopt from the foster system is available on our adoption in South Carolina page.
Home Study Providers in Mount Pleasant
The home study is one of the most important parts of the foster care and adoption process in Mount Pleasant. In South Carolina, the home study evaluates prospective parents and ensures they are ready to adopt based on criminal records checks, personal interviews, and more. For a detailed overview of what to expect during the home study process, visit our How to Adopt in South Carolina page.
Your home study must be conducted by a legally qualified professional in South Carolina. To begin the home study process, contact a provider in your area:
- Adoption Matters, Inc. (SC)
Adoption Matters, Inc. is a nonprofit child placing agency licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. The agency offers home studies and post-placement supervision in addition to options counseling, stepparent adoptions and supportive counseling for all members of the adoption triad.
- Carolina Adoption Services
Carolina Adoption Services (CAS) is licensed to provide adoption home study services in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Hospitals in Mount Pleasant
If you are pursuing adoption as an expectant mother, you will need to consider your hospital plan as your due date approaches. You can work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to determine the type of labor and delivery experience you want to have.
Here are some Mount Pleasant hospitals you may work with as you create your plan:
- Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital
3500 Highway 17 North
Mount Pleasant, SC 29468
- East Cooper Medical Center
2000 Hospital Drive
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
You may be able to find additional local hospitals, along with other adoption and foster care resources, in nearby Charleston, South Carolina.
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Can I adopt in Mount Pleasant? What are the laws for placing a baby for adoption in Mount Pleasant? These are common questions for local couples and individuals considering adoption. Adoption laws, qualifications and processes are determined by the state of South Carolina. The following provides some information about the types of adoption laws and regulations in place in Mount Pleasant and throughout the rest of the state.
For Birth Parents
Many expectant parents have questions about the laws, rules and process of placing a baby for adoption in Mount Pleasant. An overview of South Carolina laws regarding consent, relinquishment, and paternity is available on our South Carolina adoption page.
For Adoptive Families
Answers to your questions about the qualifications to adopt or foster a child, finalize an international adoption or use adoption advertisers or facilitators are included in our South Carolina adoption information.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization. Your adoption attorney will guide you through the finalization process and ensure your adoption is completed in accordance with South Carolina adoption laws. Find more information about your local court and adoption finalization in Charleston County.
Things to Do in Mount Pleasant
Many families adopting from Mount Pleasant end up spending some time in the area during the adoption process. Whether you are visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances, here are some attractions to visit during your stay: