Whether you are interested in adopting or are considering an adoption plan for your baby in the Juneau area, there are many local adoption and foster care resources available to you. The following provides information about Juneau adoption agencies, home study providers and other useful services in and around Juneau, Alaska.
Juneau Adoption Professionals and Adoption Agencies
Most prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families work with an adoption professional to receive the services and support they need throughout the adoption process. Some adoptive and birth parents prefer to work with a local or regional adoption agency. The following adoption professionals are based in Alaska and can ensure that you meet all state requirements as you move through the adoption process:
Become a Foster Parent in Juneau
If you are interested in fostering a child in or near Juneau, you will need to meet all Alaska requirements for foster parents and complete the home study process. The requirements to become a foster parent in Alaska include:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be physically and emotionally capable of caring for children
- Provide character references
- Pass a criminal background check
- Have no substantiated child abuse or neglect records
- Complete other home study and training requirements
For more information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in Juneau and throughout the rest of the state, visit the Office of Children’s Services.
The following local agencies and resources can also provide additional information about becoming a foster parent in the Juneau area:
Completing the Home Study in Juneau
The home study is an important step in every foster care and adoption journey. The Alaska home study process includes personal interviews, criminal records and child abuse registry checks, a safety inspection of the home, and collection of important documents. For more information about home study requirements in Alaska, visit our state adoption page.
When you are ready to begin the home study process, contact any of these legally qualified home study providers in Alaska:
- Fairbanks Counseling/Adoption
Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption provides adoption services including Alaska home study services.
- Catholic Social Services
CSS provides home study services for families adopting from its infant adoption program, international adoption program or through the Alaska Office of Children’s Services.
Hospitals in Juneau
If you are an expectant mother and you choose adoption for your baby, you will have control over your hospital stay when it is time to deliver. You will create a hospital plan, including your preferences for who is in the delivery room with you, how much interaction you will have with the adoptive family, and more.
Your adoption professional will inform the hospital of your plan ahead of time to ensure a smooth labor and delivery process. When you are ready to make your hospital plan, here is a local Juneau hospital that you may be able to work with:
- Bartlett Regional Hospital
3260 Hospital Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Many hopeful parents and pregnant women considering adoption have questions about Juneau adoption laws, qualifications and processes. Adoption law is determined by the state and is the same in Juneau as it is in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and anywhere else in the state. Below, learn about some of the laws impacting Alaska adoptions.
Laws for Birth Parents
Many birth mothers and fathers have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for placing a baby for adoption in Juneau. Information about adoption consent, relinquishment, Alaska paternity laws and more is included in our Alaska adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families
In Alaska, state laws determine the adoption expenses that can be paid by adoptive families, the requirements for finalizing an international adoption, the use of advertising and facilitators, and more. An outline of laws and regulations for adoptive families in Alaska is available on our state adoption information page.
If you are adopting a child in Juneau, Alaska, your adoption will be finalized in court. Find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in Juneau.
Things to do in Juneau
Many parents who adopt from Alaska end up spending some time in Juneau, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for their ICPC paperwork to be processed. If your adoption plan brings you to the Juneau area, consider visiting: