For adoptive families and expectant mothers alike, adoption can be a long process that requires a great deal of preparation and professional guidance. If you are in the Huntington area and are wondering how to begin the adoption process, find the information and professionals you need below.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Huntington
One of the first steps in adoption is choosing a professional to help you through each step of the process. Some couples and individuals prefer to work with local adoption agencies and attorneys. Below, you can find a list of Huntington adoption agencies and other adoption professionals:
Find additional adoption and foster care organizations serving the Huntington area in our West Virginia adoption information.
Foster Care Professionals in Huntington
If you are looking to adopt an older child or provide temporary care to children in need, you may consider foster care. To become a foster parent in the state of West Virginia, you must be at least 21 years old and a resident of the state.
More information about foster care in Huntington is available on our Adoption in West Virginia page and by following the links below:
Find additional information about West Virginia foster care programs through the Bureau for Children and Families.
Home Study Providers in Huntington
During a home study, a legally qualified professional will conduct background checks, a home inspection, and a series of interviews to ensure that you and your home are ready to welcome a new child. This is one of the most important steps of the adoption and foster care process, as it signifies that you are officially ready to adopt.
When you are ready to begin the West Virginia home study, contact a home study provider near you:
- Opt to Adopt, LLC
Brenda Pizatella, ACSW is the founder of Opt to Adopt and provides services for international and domestic adoptions in the form of consultations, home study preparation and pre- and post-placement reports.
- Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
As a licensed child-placing agency in West Virginia, the Children’s Home Society provides assessment services including orientation and training and a complete home study.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about West Virginia home study providers.
Hospitals in Huntington
As an expectant mother making an adoption plan, you will have the opportunity to plan your hospital stay when the baby arrives. Your hospital plan will determine who you see in the delivery room, how much time you will spend with the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to start making your hospital plan, your adoption agency will communicate with your delivery hospital to ensure everything toes according to your wishes. As you consider your hospital plan, learn more about some hospitals in the Huntington area:
- Cabell Huntington Hospital
1340 Hal Greer Boulevard
Huntington, WV 25701
- St. Mary’s Medical Center
2900 First Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702
Laws and Qualifications to Adopt in Huntington
An attorney is required in every adoption to ensure all West Virginia laws and requirements are met. Your attorney can explain the legal adoption process and ensure all of your rights are protected. However, many adoptive and birth parents are interested in learning more about West Virginia adoption laws, rules and regulations. Here, find an overview of the laws regulating adoption in Huntington.
You should become familiar with your state’s consent and relinquishment laws so that you understand your rights as a birth parent in the adoption process. In West Virginia, you may give consent 72 hours after the birth of your child. More information about consent and your parental rights is available on our West Virginia adoption page.
For Adoptive Parents
In West Virginia, prospective adoptive parents must meet certain eligibility requirements, complete a home study and follow all laws regarding expenses, advertising and more. Speak with your adoption attorney and visit our West Virginia adoption information to learn more.
If you adopt a child, you will need to finalize the adoption in court. When the time comes for you to make a court appearance, your adoption professional will give you more information and help you coordinate the process. Learn more about court proceedings in Cabell County or Wayne County.
Things to do in Huntington
If you adopt in Huntington but live outside of West Virginia, you should plan to stay in the state for 7–10 business days as you wait for ICPC clearances. In the meantime, you can visit some of the following Huntington locations: