Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Oakland

Our use of the terms “putting up” or “giving up” does not reflect how we feel about adoptive placement. These terms remain the most widely used search terms for those who are considering adoption for their baby, and we wish to reach all who seek this important information.

Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Oakland, California

We prepared this page to provide information for those who are considering adoption and live in or near Oakland, California or in the Alameda County region. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have collected information about Crisis Pregnancy Resource Centers to help you confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get affordable prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with a Labor and Delivery department.

If you are in the Alameda County region of California and are thinking about adopting a baby, we also have information on this page about home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for hopeful adoptive parents or expectant mothers and throughout the state of California may be found on our California Adoption Information page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Oakland, California

Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options.  Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not prescribe contraceptives.  Many are united with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Alameda County region that are in or close to Oakland are:

Affordable Prenatal Care in Oakland, California

Medical clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most areas of family planning, including prenatal care. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Oakland, California that provide affordable prenatal care for Alameda County residents are:

In addition, information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in California to women with limited financial resources may be found at Covered CA Medi-Cal.

Hospitals Serving Oakland, California

Developing a  hospital plan to specify what your wishes are during the time of delivery, is something that we recommend you prepare and provide to the hospital in advance of your baby’s birth. The hospitals with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the Oakland, California region are:

Completing the Home Study in Oakland, California

One of the key aspects of every adoption process is the home study assessment.  The purpose of a home study is to confirm the capability and stability of prospective Adoptive Parents to have a child placed into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process usually includes providing documents to confirm information as well as furnishing family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Oakland, California or the Alameda County region:

Adopt Int’l
(415) 934-0300
Our staff is committed to providing professional, comprehensive services with an emphasis on meeting and responding to the needs of our culturally diverse community while reflecting the changing adoption environment and providing continuous quality improvement, compassion and generosity.

The Family Network, Inc.
(916) 480-1101
The Family Network, Inc. is currently licensed in the State of California for domestic, international and embryo adoption services. The Family Network is committed to serving all races and creeds with a special humanitarian focus on orphaned and impoverished children.

Become a Foster Parent in Oakland, California

If you are interested in becoming a resource family for a foster child in or near Oakland, or the Alameda County region of California you must meet similar requirements to that of the home study required for adoptive parents.

More information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in California is available on our California Adoption Information page.  In addition to the Alameda County Social Services, the local agencies listed below provide additional information and services for foster parents in Oakland, California, and the greater Alameda County region:

Alternative Family Services
Casey Family Services
Family Builders
Triad Family Services

Court Information

To complete the adoption process through court action, once all legal requirements are satisfied, a finalization hearing may be scheduled. If you would like to learn about the adoption laws in California, check out our Adoption Laws by State page.  Information about how the adoption process is conducted in Oakland and all of Alameda County, California is provided on the website for the Alameda County Superior Court Hayward Hall of Justice.

Local Attractions

Spending time in Oakland? Be sure to check out these fun spots!

Bay Bridge Trail
Chabot Space and Science Center
Jack London Cabin
Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
USS Potomac

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