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Adoption in Kentucky

Kentucky is famously known for horse racing, bourbon and country music. They are also a state that requires residency for adoption. Adoptive families may cover the Birth Mom's medical, counseling and legal expenses. They may also cover her living expenses after submitting an affidavit to the court. Kentucky is home to Mammoth Cave National Park - the longest cave system on earth.

Home Study Providers in Kentucky

1 Home Study Providers in KY

$1,300 Average Home Study Cost

38 days Average Home Study Duration

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Adoption Attorneys in Kentucky

10 Adoption Agencies in KY

5 AAAA Attorneys in KY

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  • Attorney
    Terra W. Knight
    209 W. 4th Street
    Owensboro, KY 42303
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Gregory K. Northcutt
    P.O. Box 996
    Calvert City, KY 42029
    (270) 395-5714
    (270) 395-5716
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Childre
  • Attorney
    Jenny E. Scott
    163 E. Main Street, Ste. 405
    Lexington, KY 40502
    (859) 225-8888
    (859) 201-1290
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, 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
    Carolyn S. Arnett
    P.O. Box 6207
    Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 585-4368
    (502) 365-4165
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    W. Waverley Townes
    130 St. Matthews Avenue, Suite 200
    Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 589-4404
    (502) 589-4405
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    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
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    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
    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
    Unexpected Blessings Adoption
    PO Box 1873
    Georgetown, KY 40324
    (502) 370-5055
    Services Offered We are a licensed child-placing agency. Our mission is to love, support, encourage and empower birth parents to make the best decision for themselves and their child; build families through private adoption; and make private adoption more affordable and obtainable for more families.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    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 Kentucky

Length of ICPC
in Kentucky

1-60 days


Indiana participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

Adoption Law FAQ in Kentucky

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 199.590(1)

    A person, corporation, or association shall not advertise in any manner that it will receive children for the purpose of adoption. A newspaper published, prepared, sold, or distributed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky shall not contain an advertisement that solicits children for adoption or solicits the custody of children.

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 199.473; Admin. Regs. Tit. 922, §§ 1:010; 1:490
    The purpose of the home study shall be to review the background of the applicant and determine the suitability of the applicant to receive a child, taking into account at all times the best interests of the child for whom the application to adopt has been made.
    In regulation: The home study of a proposed adoptive parent shall include:
    • A minimum of three personal references, including one from a relative
    • A minimum of two financial references
    • A criminal background check
    • A child abuse and neglect check
    • A minimum of one home visit and face-to-face interview with each proposed adoptive parent and members of the parent(s)’ household
    An applicant, and each adult member of the household, shall submit to:
    • An in-State criminal records check
    • A child abuse or neglect check for each State of residence during the past 5 years
    • A criminal records check conducted by means of a fingerprint check of the National Crime Information Database
    • An address check of the Sex Offender Registry
    Prior to approval of an applicant, each adolescent member of the household shall submit to a child abuse or neglect check.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Regs. Tit. 922, § 1:490
    An applicant shall not be approved if a criminal records check reveals that the applicant or adult member of the household has a:
    • Felony conviction involving:
    o A spouse, a child, sexual violence, or death as described by 42 U.S.C. 671(a)(20)
    o Physical abuse, battery, a drug, or alcohol within the 5-year period prior to application
    • Criminal conviction relating to child abuse or neglect
    • Civil judicial determination related to child abuse or neglect
    An applicant shall not be approved if a child abuse or neglect check reveals that the applicant, adolescent member of the household, or adult member of the household has been found to have:
    • Committed sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child
    • Been responsible for a child fatality related to abuse or neglect
    • Had parental rights terminated involuntarily
    An applicant shall not be approved if an address check of the sex offender registry and supporting documentation confirm that a sex offender resides at the applicant’s home address.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 199.473
    Prior to the approval of an application to receive a child, a home study shall be completed. The portion of the home study pertaining to the home and family background shall be valid for 1 year following the date of its completion by an adoption worker.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 199.510
    Upon filing a petition for the adoption of a minor child, the clerk of the court shall forward two copies of the petition to the cabinet. The cabinet, or any person, agency, or institution designated by the cabinet or the court shall, to the extent possible, investigate and report in writing to the court:
    • Whether the contents of the petition are true
    • Whether the proposed adoptive parents are financially able and morally fit to have the care, custody, and training of the child
    • Whether the adoption is to the best interests of the child and the child is suitable for adoption
    The report shall be filed with the court as soon as practicable but no later than 90 days from the placement of the child.


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