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Adoption in Nevada

Nevada may be all about getting lucky, but when it comes to adoption, things are pretty straight forward. In Nevada, anyone 10 years older than the child being adopted may adopt. Both biological parents must agree to the adoption, which can be finalized out of state. Adoptive Families may provide medical, legal, counseling and necessary living expenses for the Birth Mom. Oddly enough, Nevada is home to over 600 ghost towns due to a silver rush in the 1860s.

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Adoption Attorneys in Nevada

11 Adoption Agencies in NV

7 AAAA Attorneys in NV

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  • Attorney
    Kimberly Surratt
    3705 Lakeside Drive
    Reno, NV 89509
    (775) 636-8200
    (775) 636-8202
    info@surrattlaw.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Eric Stovall
    200 Ridge St., Suite 222
    Reno, NV 89501
    (775) 337-1444
    (775) 337-1442
    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
    Shelly Booth Cooley
    10161 Park Run Drive, #150
    Las Vegas, NV 89145
    (702) 265-4505
    (702) 645-9924
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Israel "Ishi" Kunin
    10161 Park Run Drive, Suite 150
    Las Vegas, NV 89145
    (702) 438-8060
    info@kuninlawgroup.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Shoshana Kunin-Leavitt
    10161 Park Run Drive, Ste. 150
    Las Vegas, NV 89145
    (702) 438-8060
    info@kuninlawgroup.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Todd L. Moody
    10080 West Alta Drive, Suite 200
    Las Vegas, NV 89145
    (702) 385-2500
    (702) 385-2086
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formatio
  • Attorney
    Heather E. Kemp
    7435 W. Azure Dr., Ste. 110
    Las Vegas, NV 89130
    (702) 258-1183
    (702) 258-6983
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children
  • 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
    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 Nevada

Length of ICPC
in Nevada

1-30 days

Email: NVICPC@dcfs.nv.gov

Nevada 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 Nevada

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    No.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.283; 127.310(1)

    No person or organization other than a licensed child-placing agency may advertise that he or she will place children for adoption or permanent free care; accept, supply, provide, or obtain children for adoption or permanent free care; or cause any advertisement to be disseminated soliciting, requesting, or asking for any child or children for adoption or permanent free care.

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code §§ 127.235; 127.395
    A person who wishes to have his or her home studied for the purpose of adoption must:
    • Make a written application
    • Submit a copy of his or her fingerprints
    • Sign a release of information
    • Cooperate with the agency by providing other information as necessary to evaluate the home
    Upon receiving an application, the agency shall evaluate the applicant to determine his or her suitability for becoming an adoptive parent. Such an evaluation must include:
    • An interview and assessment of the applicant(s)
    • An assessment that must include, without limitation, an inquiry into any factor that the caseworker determines is necessary to assess the ability of the applicant to meet the needs of the adopted child
    • A visit to and assessment of the home of the applicant, including a fire and safety inspection
    • A request for and review of any reports and investigations regarding the abuse or neglect of a child by the applicant or any member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older
    • A request for and review of any information concerning the applicant and any member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older maintained by local law enforcement agencies
    • A request for and review of any State and Federal records of criminal history regarding the applicant and any member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older
    • The receipt and review of at least five satisfactory references from persons who have known the applicant for no less than 2 years; no more than two of the references may be from family members
    • A medical examination of the applicant and each member of his or her household
    • Verification of the marital status of the applicant, including the review of any applicable records regarding marriage, divorce, and the death of a spouse
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code §§ 127.240; 127.420
    An application to adopt must be denied if:
    • The applicant has submitted false information or has withheld relevant information.
    • The applicant refuses or fails to provide information requested by the agency.
    • Two persons who are applying to adopt a child jointly are not legally married to each other.
    • The marriage of two persons legally married to each other who are applying to adopt a child jointly is determined by the agency to be unstable.
    • The applicant is married and his or her spouse has not joined in the application.
    • The applicant’s housing is inadequate to accommodate an additional child.
    • The applicant has not demonstrated financial responsibility.
    • The applicant has not adequately prepared to provide ongoing physical and emotional care to the child.
    • The agency has, based on its evaluation of the applicant, concerns relating to the applicant’s moral character, mental stability, or motivation for adopting a child.
    • The applicant or a member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older has been convicted, arrested, or has charges pending for a crime involving harm to a child.
    • The applicant or a member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older has charges pending for a felony conviction, or has been arrested and is awaiting final disposition of possible or pending charges involving:
    o Child abuse or neglect
    o Spousal abuse
    o Any crime against children, including child pornography
    o Any crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery
    o Physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense that was committed within the past 5 years
    • The agency has concerns and reasonable doubts, based on any other relevant information, about the safety or well-being of the child, if the child is placed with the applicant.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.280; Admin. Code §§ 127.238; 127.410
    A child may not be placed in the home of prospective adoptive parents before the home study investigation has been completed.
    In regulation: The home study must be updated annually until a child has been placed with the applicant or the applicant requests removal of his or her name from the waiting list.
    An updated study of a prospective adoptive home must include:
    • All the changes that have occurred since the previous study
    • A request for and review of any reports and investigations regarding the abuse or neglect of a child by the applicant or any member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older
    • A request for and review of any information concerning the applicant or any member of the applicant’s household who is age 18 or older maintained by local law enforcement agencies
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 127.120; Admin. Code §§ 127.256; 127.455
    After an adoption petition is filed, the agency shall make an investigation and report to the court. The report must contain a specific recommendation for or against approval of the petition, a statement of whether the child is known to be an Indian child, and any other information regarding the child or proposed home that the court requires.
    In regulation: After the placement of the child in an adoptive home, the agency shall:
    • In the case of a child with special needs, make at least one supervisory visit to the adoptive home:
    o Per week during the month following the initial placement
    o Per month until the adoption becomes final
    • For a child with no special needs, make at least one supervisory visit per month until the adoption becomes final
    • Document all contacts with the prospective adoptive family, child, and other persons who know or have contact with the child
    • Provide consultation with or referral to such community resources as necessary to meet the child’s needs
    • Assist the prospective adoptive parent(s) to develop any skills related to parenting that may be needed to meet the specific needs of the adopted child
    If the agency has concerns regarding the placement of a child, the agency may contact teachers, babysitters, counselors, providers of medical care, government agencies, and any other persons who know or have contact with the child for the purpose of ensuring that the specific needs of the child are being met.

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