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Adoption in North Carolina

North Carolina, "First in Flight," and a state with seemingly standard adoption laws. Any one over the age of 18 may adopt in North Carolina, and they require 90 days of home residency prior to finalizing the adoption. Adoptive families are allowed to provide financial assistance for their Birth Mom. Medical expenses, legal expenses and up to 10 hours of counseling may be covered, as well as any travel or temporary living expenses that are associated with the pregnancy and birth. Fun fact: Krispy Kreme donuts originated in North Carolina.

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Adoption Attorneys in North Carolina

15 Adoption Agencies in NC

11 AAAA Attorneys in NC

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Christopher M. Craig
    149 S. Lexington Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801
    828-258-2888
    855-876-7580
    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
    Kelly T. Dempsey
    637 McNinch Street
    Charlotte, NC 28208
    (919) 710-8199
    866-567-7595
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    W. David Thurman
    301 S. McDowell Street, Suite 608
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    (704) 377-4164
    (704) 377-5503
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Amy Wallas Fox
    417 East Boulevard, Suite 101
    Charlotte, NC 28203
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Jeff Williams-Tracy
    831 East Morehead Street, Suite 255
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    704-401-0007
    jswt@hnftlaw.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Meredith Nicholson
    113 Broadway Street
    Durham, NC 27701
    (919) 883-4900
    (919) 400-4824
    info@nicholsonpham.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Milan T. Pham
    113 Broadway Street
    Durham, NC 27701
    919-883-4900
    919-400-4824
    info@nicholsonpham.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Bobby D. Mills
    4600 Marriott Drive, Suite 200
    Raleigh, NC 27612
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Brinton D. Wright
    324 W. Wendover Avenue, Suite 170
    Greensboro, NC 27408
    (336) 373-1500
    (336) 272-8258
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Law Office of Angel Simpson Gillis
    P.O. Box 80464
    Raleigh, NC 27623
    (919) 907-8538
    angel@asgadoption.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, International Readoptions, LGBT Family Formation, Relative and Stepparent Adoptions
  • 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.
  • Attorney
    Law Offices of Brinton Wright, PLLC
    324 W. Wendover Ave. Suite 114
    Greensboro, NC 27408
    (336) 373-1500
    brinton@wendoverlaw.com
    Services Offered We have more than 30 years experience providing excellent legal representation in adoptions at a reasonable and predictable cost. We represent adopting parents who live in or outside North Carolina and birth parents who live anywhere in North Carolina. Many of our adoptions are interstate.
  • 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 North Carolina

Length of ICPC
in North Carolina

1-30 days

Email: NC.ICPC@dhhs.nc.gov

North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    Yes.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-10-101(b)-(b1)

    No one other than a county department of social services, an adoption facilitator, or a licensed agency may advertise in any periodical or newspaper, or by radio, television, or other public medium, that any person or entity will place or accept a child for adoption.

    This article shall not prohibit a person from advertising that the person desires to adopt. This section shall apply only to a person with a current completed preplacement assessment that finds the person suitable to be an adoptive parent.

    The advertisement may be published only in a periodical or newspaper or on radio, television, cable television, or the Internet. The advertisement shall include a statement that:

    1) Indicates that the person has a completed preplacement assessment

    2) Identifies the name of the agency that completed the preplacement assessment

    3) Identifies the date the preplacement assessment was completed

    4) States whether the person is willing to provide lawful expenses

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-3-303; 48-3-309
    The preplacement assessment must include at least one personal interview with each individual being assessed. The preplacement assessment shall report on the following:
    • Age, nationality, race or ethnicity, and any religious preference
    • Marital and family status and history
    • Physical and mental health, including any addiction to alcohol or drugs
    • Education and employment history and any special skills
    • Property, income, and current financial information
    • Reason for wanting to adopt
    • Whether the individual has ever been a respondent in a domestic violence proceeding or a proceeding concerning a minor who was allegedly abused, dependent, neglected, abandoned, or delinquent
    • Whether the individual has ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation
    • The quality of the environment in the home and the functioning of any children in the household
    The department shall ensure that fingerprint-based criminal histories of all prospective adoptive parents and all individuals age 18 or older who reside in the prospective adoptive home are checked prior to placement and, based on the criminal history, a determination is made as to the prospective adoptive parent(s)’ fitness to have responsibility for the safety and well-being of children and whether other individuals required to be checked are fit for an adoptive child to reside with them in the home. The department shall ensure that all individuals required to be checked are checked prior to placement for county, State, and Federal criminal histories.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-3-309
    A county department of social services shall issue an unfavorable preplacement assessment to a prospective adoptive parent if any person residing in the home has a criminal history. An unfavorable preplacement assessment shall be issued when the county department of social services determines that, based on other criminal convictions, whether felony or misdemeanor, the prospective adoptive parent is unfit to have responsibility for the safety and well-being of children or other individuals required to be checked are unfit for an adoptive child to reside with them in the home.
    For purposes of this section, the term ‘criminal history’ means:
    • A county, State, or Federal conviction of a felony or a pending felony indictment of:
    o A crime for child abuse or neglect
    o Spousal abuse
    o A crime against a child, including child pornography
    o A crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, other than physical assault or battery
    A county, State, or Federal conviction of a felony or a pending felony indictment for physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense, if the offense was committed within the past 5 years
    Refusal to consent to a criminal history check by any individual required to be checked is grounds for the issuance of an unfavorable preplacement assessment.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Gen. Stat. § 48-3-301
    A preplacement assessment must be completed or updated within 18 months immediately preceding a placement of a child for adoption.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Gen. Stat. §§ 48-2-501; 48-2-502
    Whenever a petition for adoption of a minor is filed, the court shall order a report to the court made to assist the court to determine if the proposed adoption of the minor by the petitioner is in the minor’s best interests.
    In preparing the report, the agency shall conduct a personal interview with each petitioner in the petitioner’s residence and at least one additional interview with each petitioner and the adoptive child. The agency shall observe the relationship between the child and the petitioners.
    The report must contain:
    • An account of the petitioner’s marital or family status, physical and mental health, home environment, property, income, and financial obligations
    • All reasonably available nonidentifying information concerning the physical, mental, and emotional condition of the adoptive child
    • Copies of any court order, judgment, decree, or pending legal proceeding affecting the adoptive child, the petitioner, or any child of the petitioner relevant to the welfare of the adoptive child
    • A list of the expenses, fees, or other charges incurred, paid, or to be paid in connection with the adoption
    • Any fact or circumstance known to the agency that raises a specific concern about whether the proposed adoption is contrary to the best interests of the adoptive child because it poses a significant risk of harm to the well-being of the child
    • Any fact or circumstance known to the agency that raises a specific concern about whether the proposed adoption is contrary to the best interests of the adoptive child because it poses a significant risk of harm to the well-being of the child
    • A recommendation concerning the granting of the petition

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