Whether you are interested in adopting a child or are considering placing your baby for adoption in Salt Lake City, you may have a number of questions about how to start the adoption process. The following provides information about local adoption agencies, home study providers and other adoption and foster care services in Salt Lake City.
Additional resources for expectant mothers and adoptive parents throughout the state can be found on our adoption in Utah page.
Salt Lake City Adoption Agencies and Professionals
Whether you are ready to begin the adoption process or are simply looking for more adoption information, local adoption professionals can be great resources for the services and support you need. The following adoption agencies and attorneys are located in Salt Lake City and can help you with every step of the Utah adoption process:
Become a Foster Parent in Salt Lake City
Parents looking to adopt an older child or provide temporary care may want to look into foster care options in Salt Lake City. To be a foster parent in Salt Lake City, you will need to meet all state requirements for foster parents and complete the home study process. For information about foster care and foster-adoption in Salt Lake City and throughout the rest of the state, visit our Utah adoption page.
You may also learn more about the process by contacting a local foster care professional:
Completing the Home Study in Salt Lake City
The home study is the process in which a social worker reviews your home and family to ensure you are ready to adopt or foster a child. This process consists of background checks, a home inspection, interviews and documentation.
Information about home study laws and requirements in Utah is included with our Utah adoption information. When you are ready to begin the home study process, contact one of the following Utah-licensed professionals:
- Children’s Service Society
Children’s Service Society provides home study and post-placement resources for families hoping to adopt in Utah.
- Utah Adoption Specialists
For any questions or concerns about your home study and post-placement requirements, call Utah Adoption Specialists.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Utah home study providers.
Hospitals in Salt Lake City
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, a crucial part of your adoption plan will be preparation for your hospital stay. If you are pursuing adoption for your child, you can work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to plan the kind of delivery experience you want.
When you are ready to make your hospital plan, here are some nearby hospitals in Salt Lake City that you may be working with:
- University Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
- Intermountain LDS Hospital
8th Ave C St
Salt Lake City, UT 84134
- Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
1050 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
- St. Mark’s Women’s Services
1140 E 3900 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
When pursuing an adoption, potential birth parents and adoptive families must abide by all Utah adoption laws to ensure the adoption is legally recognized. If you are adopting or placing a child in Salt Lake City, visit our page on How to Adopt in Utah for detailed information about this process.
Below, you can find a brief overview of consent laws for birth parents and adoption eligibility for adoptive parents.
For Birth Parents
After the birth of a child, both birth parents must consent to have their parental rights terminated before the child can be adopted. Information about consent and relinquishment, as well as paternity laws and other important adoption information, can be found here.
For Adoptive Families
Before pursuing adoption in Salt Lake City, Utah families should review the state’s basic adoption requirements. State laws also impact other areas of the adoption, including expenses that may be paid, finalization requirements, and more. These laws for adoptive families are available here.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization. If you are finalizing your adoption in Salt Lake City, Utah, you can find information on the county courts in your area below:
Things to do in Salt Lake City
If you are adopting from out of state, you must remain in the birth mother’s state for 7–10 business days after placement. This allows time for the necessary legal clearances so you can take your baby home. In the meantime, you can visit some of the following locations and attractions in Salt Lake City: