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Adoption in Arkansas

In Arkansas, the Natural State, a single adult or married couple may adopt, or a married individual without his or her spouse if the spouse is a parent of the individual to be adopted and consents to the adoption, the petitioner and his or her spouse are legally separated, or the court excuses the spouse by reason of prolonged unexplained absence, incapacity, or circumstances constituting an unreasonable withholding of consent. As far as what can expenses can be paid by Adoptive Parents - medical, legal, living (housing, food, clothing, etc.), reimbursement for expenses incurred or fees for services rendered related to the pregnancy, delivery and post partum recuperation period. Expenses paid must be disclosed in an affidavit by the petitioners. Did you know you can find diamonds in Arkansas?

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Adoption Attorneys in Arkansas

10 Adoption Agencies in AR

5 AAAA Attorneys in AR

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Eugene T. Kelley
    303 West Walnut Street
    Rogers, AR 72756
    (479) 636-1051
    (479) 636-1663
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Justin Heimer
    1845 Main Drive, Suite B
    Fayetteville, AR 72704
    (479) 225-9725
    (479) 225-9725
    info@myadoptionarkansas.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    H. Keith Morrison
    1 E. Center Street, Suite 310
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    (479) 521-5820
    (479) 521-5543
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children
  • Attorney
    Kaye H. McLeod
    415 N. McKinley, Ste. 135D
    Little Rock, AR 72205
    (501) 663-6224
    (501) 663-5393
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Sandra C. Bradshaw
    Crossett, AR
    (870) 305-4700
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Murphy Francy PLLC
    2217 E. Skelly Dr.
    Tulsa, OK 74105
    (918) 895-8200
    courtney@murphyfrancy.com
    Services Offered Our firm focuses on families. We build families through adoptions, guardianships, foster care, and surrogacy. We choose to practice family law because we whole-heartedly believe that there is nothing more important.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    info@caringadoptions.org
    Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.

Traveling For Your Adoption in Arkansas

Length of ICPC
in Arkansas

1-30 days

Arkansas adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Arkansas

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Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    A single adult or married couple. A married individual without his or her spouse if the spouse is a parent of the individual to be adopted and consents to the adoption, the petitioner and his or her spouse are legally separated, or the court excuses the spouse by reason of prolonged unexplained absence, incapacity, or circumstances constituting an unreasonable withholding of consent.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
    Yes.
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Not addressed in state statutes.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Medical, legal, living (housing, food, clothing, etc.), reimbursement for expenses incurred or fees for services rendered related to the pregnancy, delivery and post partum recuperation period. Expenses paid must be disclosed in an affidavit by the petitioners.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    10 days after child’s birth or signing, whichever is later. If 10th day falls on weekend or legal holiday, period extends to next business day. Return automatic.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    In a two-parent home, the husband and wife shall provide verification that they have been married at least 2 years.
    Each member of the adoptive household shall have a physical exam within 6 months prior to the approval by the social worker or agency conducting the home study, and annually thereafter until placement, to ensure that no person has a health condition or disability that would interfere with the family’s ability to care for a child.
    All members of the household older than age 12 shall receive a Mantoux skin test for tuberculosis every 3 years, as long as test results remain negative.

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. 016 15 CARR 005, § 300
    The adoptive home study shall contain the information required by regulation, including the following:
    • The mental health, emotional stability, and maturity of the applicants
    • The physical health of all household members
    • The financial status and stability of the family, including verification of income and employment
    • At least three confidential personal references
    • The family’s ability to cope with stress, loss, and crisis
    • Adjustment and well-being of any minors residing in the home
    • The family’s child-caring skills and willingness to acquire additional skills
    • The family’s discipline practices and religious affiliation
    • An assessment of the safety of the home, including all water hazards, dangerous pets, and firearm safety
    • A statement regarding the availability and results from criminal records and child maltreatment central registry checks, dated to within 1 year prior to placement
    • The stability of the adoptive family and their marriage, if applicable
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. 016 15 CARR 005, § 300
    A minor may not be adopted if the individual seeking to adopt is cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is valid under the constitution and laws of this State. This prohibition applies equally to cohabiting opposite-sex and same-sex individuals.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. 016 15 CARR 005, § 300
    The adoptive home study must be current to within 1 year prior to each adoptive placement.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. 016 15 CARR 005, § 300
    The agency caseworker shall ensure that at least two postplacement visits in person are made before the final decree of adoption is issued, or the stipulated time of the fulfillment of the interlocutory decree. One of the visits shall be in the home of the adoptive family.

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