Adoption in South CarolinaSouth Carolina, the Palmetto State, is a bit tricky when it comes to adoption. One must be a resident of South Carolina, unless the child has special needs, is being placed with a relative, has one adopting parent in the military and stationed in South Carolina, would benefit from an out-of-state placement, has been in foster care for 6 months or more). Nonresidents must finalize the adoption in the South Carolina Family Court. When it comes to financial assistance, Adoptive Families may provide for Birth Mom when it comes to medical, living and legal expense. Interesting fact, it's called "the Palmetto State" based on the state's tree, the lovely sabal palmetto, which appears on the state flag.
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Adoption Attorneys in South Carolina
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AttorneyFrederick M. Corley1214 King Street
Beaufort, SC 29901Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyL. Dale Dove125 Hampton Street, Suite 200
Rock Hill, SC 29730Services 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
AttorneyStephen A. Yacobi408 N. Church Street, Suite B
Greenville, SC 29601Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
AttorneyJacqueline Anthony222 W. Coleman Blvd., Ste 121
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyEmily McDaniel Barrett44 Markfield Drive, Suite B
Charleston, SC 29407Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children
AttorneyStephanie M. Brinkley1 Carriage Lane Building F, Suite 100
Charleston, SC 29407Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AttorneyJames Fletcher Thompson302 E. St. John Street, P.O. Box 1853
Spartanburg, SC 29304Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AgencyA Baby Step Adoption340 Morgantown Road
Reading, PA 19611Services 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.
AttorneyAdoptions First LLP1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024Services 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.
AgencyAdopt America111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
Miami, FL 33132Services 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.
AgencyCaring Adoptions11601 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079Services 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.
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South Carolina 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 South Carolina
Advertising Law Info
Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
Yes, but in order to do so, adoptive parents must have an up-to-date homestudy report that approves them for adoption.
State Advertising Code of Law
Citation: Ann. Code. § 63-9-70
No person or entity other than the Department of Social Services, a child-placing agency licensed in this State, or an attorney licensed in this State may advertise that the person or entity will place or accept a child for adoption.
Notwithstanding the provisions above, a person is not prohibited from advertising that the person desires to adopt if the person has a current preplacement home investigation finding that the person is suitable to be an adoptive parent.
The term âadvertiseâ means to communicate by newspaper, radio, television, hand bills, placards or other print, broadcast, or electronic medium that originates within this State.
Adoption Law Info
Who Can Adopt?
A South Carolina resident (or a nonresident if the child has special needs, is being placed with a relative, has one adopting parent in the military and stationed in South Carolina, would benefit from an out-of-state placement, has been in foster care for 6 months or more). Nonresidents must finalize the adoption in the South Carolina Family Court.
Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
Yes, it is required.
Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
Yes, but any payment for services is subject to the courtâs approval.
What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
Medical, legal, living (receipts required). Reasonable time period. Reimbursement of fees for required investigations, guardian ad litem, child-placing and child-sending agencies permitted.
When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
Consent is irrevocable immediately unless birthparent can prove consent was involuntary and withdrawing consent is in the childâs best interest. In practice, return automatic.
Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
Citation: Ann. Code § 63-9-60
Any South Carolina resident may petition the court to adopt a child.
Home Study Info
Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Code § 63-9-520; Code of Regs. § 114-4980
Preplacement investigations must answer all of the following:
• Whether the home of the prospective adoptive parents is suitable
• How the emotional maturity, finances, health, relationships, and any other relevant characteristics of the prospective adoptive parents affect their ability to provide a child with an adequate environment
• Whether a prospective parent has ever been involved in any proceeding concerning allegedly neglected, abandoned, abused, or delinquent children
• Whether the prospective parent has completed a course or counseling in preparation for adoption
• Whether the prospective parent is approved for placement of a child for purposes of adoption
In regulation: The child-placing agency should include in any home study at least two face-to-face interviews. Separate face-to-face interviews with each member of the household must be conducted.
The child-placing agency also shall study the following areas:
• Motivation for adoption
• Strengths and weaknesses of each household member
• Attitudes and feelings of the family toward accepting adoptive children
• The applicantâs plan for discussing adoption with the child
• Record of arrests and criminal convictions and checks with the child abuse central registry
• Adjustment of birth children, foster children, or previously adopted children
• A report of a physical examination for household members within 6 months of the study that verifies that each person suffers no communicable disease, specific illness, or disabilities that would interfere with the familyâs ability to parent a child
• Ability to provide financially for the child being adopted with or without agency financial assistance through adoption subsidy
• Personal and community character references
• Religious orientation, if any
• Location and physical environment of the home
• Plan for child care if parent(s) work
Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
Citation: Code of Regs. § 114-4980
The child-placing agency shall notify applicant(s) in writing within 30 days of completion of the adoption investigation of the acceptance or denial of their application. When applicant(s) are not accepted, the child-placing agency shall inform them of the reasons why the application is denied.
When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Code § 63-9-520
Before the placement of any child by any agency or by any person with a prospective adoptive parent, a preplacement investigation, a background investigation, and reports of these investigations must be completed.
If the waiting period for an adoptive placement exceeds 1 year from the date the preplacement investigation report is completed, the report must be updated before the placement of a child to determine any change in circumstances.
Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Code § 63-9-520; Code of Regs. § 114-4980
A postplacement investigation and report of this investigation must be completed after the filing of the adoption petition. Copies of this report must be provided to the adoption petitioner and must be filed with the court at the final hearing on the adoption. A postplacement investigation and report of this investigation must:
• Answer all of the following:
o The race, sex, and age of the adoptive child and whether the child is a suitable child for adoption by the prospective adoptive parent
o The reason for the childâs placement away from the biological parents
o Whether the child, if of appropriate age and mental capacity, desires to be adopted
• Review and where indicated, investigate the allegations of the adoption petition and its attachments and of the accounting of disbursements required under § 63-9-740
• Evaluate the progress of the placement of the adoptive child
• Determine whether adoption by the petitioner is in the best interests of the child
In regulation: The caseworker shall be in contact with the adoptive family at least monthly after the placement of a child prior to the final decree. Information obtained from the contact shall be used in making recommendations for the finalization of the adoption.