Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Sioux Falls

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Sioux Falls

We prepared this page to provide information for those who are considering adoption and live in or near Sioux Falls, South Dakota or in the Minnehaha 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 Minnehaha County region of South Dakota 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 South Dakota may be found on our South Dakota state page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Sioux Falls

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 Minnehaha County region that are in or close to Sioux Falls are:

Alpha Center
Birthright of Sioux Falls
Planned Parenthood Sioux Falls Health Center
South Dakota Family Planning Program

Affordable Prenatal Care in Sioux Falls

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 Sioux Falls, South Dakota that provide affordable prenatal care for Minnehaha County residents are:

Avera Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology Sioux Falls
South Dakota Medicaid

In addition, information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in South Dakota to women with limited financial resources may be found at DSS South Dakota.

Hospitals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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 the baby’s birth. The hospitals with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region are:

The Birth Place at Sanford Women’s
Women’s Center at Avera McKennan Sioux Falls

Completing the Home Study in Sioux Falls

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 Sioux Falls, South Dakota or the Minnehaha County region:

Bethany Christian Services
We believe every child deserves to be safe, loved, and connected through family. Bethany is a global nonprofit that supports children and families with world class social services, all designed to help families thrive.

Lutheran Social Services
LSS is licensed by the State of South Dakota as a child placement agency. We serve people of all ages, faiths, races and economic status with professional, confidential and affordable services.

New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc.
New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Christian agency licensed in the states of Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. New Horizons provides services for those looking to grow their family through adoption, as well as counseling services for those facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Become a Foster Parent in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

If you are interested in becoming a resource family for a foster child in or near Sioux Falls, or the Minnehaha County region of South Dakota 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 South Dakota is available on our South Dakota state page. In addition to the South Dakota Department of Social Services, the local agencies listed below provide additional information and services for foster parents in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the greater Minnehaha County region:

Children’s Home Society
Lutheran Social 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 South Dakota, check out our  Adoption Laws by State page. Information about adoption filings may be obtained by contacting the office of the Minnehaha County Clerk of Court for the South Dakota Second Judicial District.

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