For those considering adoption in Casper, either as an expecting mother or a hopeful family, it can be difficult to find all of the education, resources, and professional guidance you need. The following collection of information will help you learn about adoption, find a professional, and complete the process from beginning to end.
For additional information and resources, see our Wyoming adoption information.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Casper
To begin the adoption process, many hopeful adoptive parents and pregnant women considering adoption first choose an adoption professional to help guide them through the process.
You have many choices when selecting an adoption professional. If you are interested in working with an adoption agency or attorney near Casper, consider the following:
Casper Foster Care Resources
Like adoptive parents, foster parents must meet the requirements of their state before they can care for a child. If you want to become a foster parent in Wyoming, you must fit the following criteria:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Be in good physical and emotional health
- Show proof of financial stability
- Pass criminal and child abuse background checks
If you would like to learn more about fostering and available children near you, you can find a list of foster care agencies in or near Casper below:
Home Study Providers
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 Wyoming 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 state:
- Wyoming & Colorado Children’s Society
Licensed in Wyoming, this adoption service provider can work with families all across the state on home studies and have over 100 years of combined experience.
- Catholic Charities of Wyoming
In addition to providing counseling and other adoption services for families and birth mothers, this branch of Catholic Charities also has state-licensed home study providers.
Hospitals near Casper
As the baby’s due date draws closer, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, this will be your opportunity to decide who is in the delivery room with you, how much time you will spend with your baby and the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to begin planning your hospital stay, your adoption agency will work with the delivery hospital to make them aware of your wishes. Here are some local Casper hospitals that you may be able to work with:
Wyoming Adoption Laws and Requirements
All adoptions taking place in Casper must comply with Wyoming adoption laws. State adoption laws regulate many steps in the adoption process, and it is important to work with your adoption professional or adoption attorney to ensure your adoption is legally valid.
To learn more about Wyoming adoption laws, visit our Wyoming adoption page. For an overview of the legal processes that impact birth parents and adoptive families, read the following sections.
Every state has unique consent laws designed to protect your parental rights and help you to make an informed adoption decision. Similarly, the father of the child must also terminate his parental rights, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
If you have questions or concerns about the father’s role in your adoption, speak to your adoption attorney or visit our Wyoming adoption page.
All families must meet the basic eligibility requirements of their state in order to be able to adopt. Additionally, you may have to meet extra requirements put in place by your adoption professional. Speak to your particular professional if you have any questions or concerns, and view our Wyoming adoption information to learn more.
County Court Information
Following placement, your adoption will need to be finalized in court. If you are finalizing your adoption in Casper, Wyoming, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in your county Clerk of District Court.
Things to Do in Casper
When families adopt from outside of their home state, they must remain in the birth mother’s state for 7-10 days to wait for legal clearance. If you are adopting in Casper from out of state, here are some things you can do during your time in the city: