Hoping To Adopt? We Can Help
Thank you for your interest in Adoption Choices of Nevada. We are a fully licensed, private, non-profit (501(c)3) adoption agency providing professional services to birth and adopting parents. Over the years we have helped many couples complete their families through the miracle of adoption and are dedicated to ensuring that your adoption is completed in a competent and caring manner. Our caring and professional staff has over 60 years of combined adoption experience. We are leaders in the adoption community with a genuine commitment to a sensitive, comprehensive, and supportive experience for all involved in the adoption journey.
We understand that you have your choice in agencies and thank you for considering Adoption Choices of Nevada.
Our Domestic Adoption Services
Adoption laws in every state require prospective adoptive parents to complete a pre-adoption assessment usually called a home study. The home study and required adoption training thoroughly prepares prospective couples for parenting an adopted child. The home study consists of interviews, various documents and paperwork, background clearances, and a home safety check.
Post-placement supervision is required by the state of Nevada and all states. It is the period of time between placement of a child with his or her prospective adoptive parents, and the time that the child’s adoption is finalized in court. Nevada regulations require monthly post-placement visits in your home until the finalization of the adoption. The purpose of post-placement supervision is to gather the compulsory information that will be required for the caseworker to prepare written reports to the court. The final report will recommend that the adoption petition be granted and state that finalization will be in the best interest of the child.
The number of post-placement visits required will vary, based on the unique laws of the state whose agency has custody of the child. Should a child be placed from a state other than Nevada, Adoption Choices of Nevada will adhere to the laws of that state and will provide visits and reports at more frequent intervals if you are finalizing in the state of the child’s birth. If you are finalizing in Nevada, you are required to follow Nevada laws which require monthly visits until finalization of the adoption.
Adoption Choices will help you to create an effective multimedia adoption profile so that the right birth family can find you.
Virginia L. Frank- Adoption & Surrogacy Attorney: www.virginiafrank.com
Eric Stovall – Adoption & Surrogacy Attorney (Reno): www.nevadaadoptionlawyer.com
Todd Moody – Adoption Attorney (Las Vegas): www.hutchlegal.com/attorneys/t-moody
Heather Kemp –Adoption Attorneys (Las Vegas): kemp-attorneys.com
Kim Surratt – AAAA attorney (Reno): surrattlaw.com
Child Welfare Information Gateway: www.childwelfare.gov
National Council for Adoption: www.adoptioncouncil.org
Adoptive Families Circle (magazine): www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys: www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa_member_directory.pdf
Child Connect (A website that helps Adoptive Parents to communicate with birth parents): www.childconnect.com
Helpusadopt.org is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals -regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability- with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses.
Helping Kids Cope: www.helpingkidscope.com
This organization offers a “Parents-To-Be-Award” for waiting adoptive couples (all types of adoption considered).
Boatner Family Foundation: P.O. Box 132272, The Woodlands, TX 77393
This foundation provides grants from $1,000 up to $10,000. They require an agency approval, a financial statement, and a formal application.
Open Arms Adoption: www.open-arms.org
Open Arms Adoption grants are not restricted by country, marital status, or other considerations. Grant applications are accepted from all applicants and awarded twice annually.
Gift of Adoption Fund: www.giftofadoption.org
Applicants are evaluated based on their income, assets, liabilities, earning potential, and other financial resource opportunities. Preference is given to applicants who are experiencing extraordinary financial hardship. Grant amounts vary between $2,000 and $5,000. Grants are awarded monthly.
This organization was founded by Steven Curtis Chapman to provide grants to Christian families.
Parents for ME: www.parenthoodforme.org
Grants for parents pursuing parenthood via adoption or medical intervention.
Publications USA: www.publications.usa.gov
A group of people who believe God’s heart for the fatherless must be lived. Our passion is to live it.
Life Song for Orphans Matching Grants: www.lifesongfororphans.org
Life Song offers matching grants (range from $2,000-$4,000), which encourage the adopting couple’s church family to financially and prayerfully support the adoption.
Abba Fund: www.abbafund.org
The Abba Fund provides financial assistance to parents who believe God is calling them to grow their families through adoption. They offer interest free covenant loans.
Adoption Financing: www.adoptionfinancing.com
Adoption financing helps adoptive families find the best financing for their needs by networking with numerous lenders.
National Adoption Foundation: www.nafadopt.org Provides grants and loans
National Endowment for Financial Education: www.nefe.org/adoption Provides information on how to make adoption affordable
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: www.davethomasfoundation.com Provides grants assistance and general education
Lifesong for Orphans: www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoption-funding/adoption-grants/
North American Council of Adoptable Children: www.naca.org Provides information on financial resources
Family Formation Charitable Trust: www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa/charitable-trust/applications-for-grant
World Association of Children and Parents (WACAP): www.wacap.org Provides information on financial resources
Resources4Adoption: www.resources4adoption.com Provides information on financial resources
USA Government: www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Benefits.shtml Provides information on financial resources
Levels of Openness In Adoption
Adoption is a shared gift of love between two families. Openness in adoption is a continuum and no single arrangement is right for everyone. Through careful consideration of options, a child-focused approach and commitment, you will be able to decide on the amount of openness that is right for your family.
While birth parent and adoptive parent relationships may seem awkward at first, over time, the involved individuals typically become more comfortable with the plan they have chosen and pleased with their decisions. Creating openness between the birth family and the adoptive family provides a child with a lifetime of loving and meaningful relationships. Please remember, in open adoptions and semi open adoptions, the level of openness is changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after birth.
Please Note: In the State of Nevada, written and agreed upon post adoption communication agreements are enforceable by law.
In an Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents are in direct contact with one another and share identifying information with each other. This type of adoption may involve the methods listed above in the semi-open adoption as well as in-person visits, without going through the Agency. The plan for openness is decided and agreed upon by both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Open adoptions allow the child to connect more easily to his or her birth parents and to maintain a relationship. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.
In a Semi-Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents usually meet prior to the birth of the child, and the adoptive parents are often times present for the birth. After placement, communication, such as pictures, texting, phone calls, letters and emails, may occur. Last names and addresses of both parties are not disclosed, unless otherwise agreed upon by the birth parents and adoptive parents. This type of adoption allows for communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents while also maintaining some privacy. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.
Confidential (Closed) Adoption
In a Closed Adoption, there is no contact between birthparents and adoptive parents, with the exception of the birth parents’ non-identifying social/medical information that is provided to the adoptive parents. This type of adoption is rare in private adoption situations due to social media and the internet.
What Are My Next Steps?
From your first contact with Adoption Choices of Nevada, we’re here to help you with the application process, home study, post-placement and all steps in between.
Adoption Choices of Nevada has been proudly assisting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) families with the gift of adoption since we opened our doors in 2008.
Adoptive Family Stories
"Adoption Choices of Nevada helped us find our angel. The process was smooth and easy, and everyone was very helpful and understanding." - Laura, Adoptive Parent