If you are a family hoping to grow through adoption or a pregnant woman considering adoption for your baby, you will need a variety of services and support throughout the adoption process. Here, you will find local resources and adoption information for the Newport News area.
Visit our How to Adopt in Virginia page for additional resources and information about adoption in Old Dominion.
Newport News Adoption Professionals and Adoption Agencies
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 Newport News area and have experience completing local adoptions:
How to Become a Foster Parent in Newport News
To be a foster parent in Newport News, couples and individuals must meet the requirements of the state and their chosen agency. For prospective foster parents in Virginia, that means attending an orientation meeting and completing the home study and required training.
If you are interested in becoming a foster family, contact a local foster care organization:
Home Study Providers in Newport News
For prospective parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process. Consisting of interviews, background checks, home visits and a written report, the Virginia home study helps ensure that your home is fit for a child.
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:
Near Newport News:
- Adoptions from the Heart
Adoptions from the Heart provides home study services to families seeking private domestic adoption and international adoption.
- Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia provides adoption services to birth parents and adoptive families, including home study services.
- Loving Families
Adoption Home Studies by Loving Families, Inc., is a small child-placing agency that will work with your placing agency to complete your home study within five to six weeks.
- Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is a licensed, nonprofit, Hague-accredited adoption agency providing home study, placement and post-placement adoption services to families adopting domestically and internationally.
Hospitals in Newport News
If you are an expectant mother pursuing adoption, you will need to consider your hospital plan as your due date approaches. As a prospective birth mother, you can work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to determine the type of labor and delivery experience you want to have.
When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Newport News area hospitals that may be able to assist you:
- Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
2 Bernardine Dr.
Newport News, VA 23602
- Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Some of the most common questions for couples and individuals considering adoption in Newport News are about local adoption laws and regulations. Adoption laws are determined by the state and are the same in Newport News as they are in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and anywhere else in the state.
The following provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in Virginia. More detailed adoption law information is available here.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Virginia statutes regulate who must consent to an adoption, when and how consent can be executed, and more. This information and other Virginia birth parent laws can be found on our Adoption in Virginia page.
Laws for Adoptive Families
In Virginia, there are laws in place regulating who is eligible to adopt, what expenses an adoptive family is permitted to pay, the types of adoption professionals who may advertise or facilitate an adoption, and more. An outline of these and other Virginia adoption laws is available on our Virginia adoption page.
Following the placement of the child, every adoption must be finalized in court. This usually takes place about six months after placement, following the post-placement supervisory period. Your adoption professional will work with you to coordinate the finalization process and help you complete your adoption. Find more information about the local court system in Newport News.
Things to do in Newport News
Throughout the adoption process, you may find yourself spending some time in Newport News, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. Here are some local sights to enjoy during your time in the area: