Are you considering adoption in Fresno or in the Fresno County area? Below you will find local agency resources and information about qualifying and getting started.

If you are pregnant, in the Fresno area, and considering adoption for your baby, included are resources and information about Pregnancy Resource Centers, Pregnancy Clinics/Family Planning providers, and hospitals in Fresno and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley/Fresno County area.

Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents throughout the state of California may be found on our California Guide.

Completing the Home Study in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley Area

Most wishing to adopt a baby undergo a home study which is completed by a licensed child-placing agency. The purpose of a home study is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents to receive a child into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process generally includes collection of information with questions about family history, health & financial information, and personal background. Check out the List of Expected Adoption Home Study Questions on our page. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Fresno or the surrounding Fresno County area:

  • The Family Network, Inc.
    916-480-1101
    The Family Network, Inc., is licensed throughout Southern California.
    The Family Network, Inc. is currently licensed in the State of California for domestic, international and embryo adoption services. These services include: adoption home studies, relinquishment of parental rights, interstate compact agreements and administration, post placement reports, agency court work, coordination with placing agencies, and coordination with immigration. The Family Network is committed to serving all races and creeds with a special humanitarian focus on orphaned and impoverished children.
  • Vista Del Mar
    310-836-1223
    We are the oldest and most trusted adoption agency in Southern California. We are licensed, accredited, approved, and nationally recognized as a leader in the field of adoption. Our Adoption Program encompasses Foster Care and Foster to Adoption, International Adoption, and Domestic Infant Adoption including birth parent options counseling and support services.

Become A Foster Parent In Fresno or the Surrounding Fresno County Area

Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in Fresno County or the surrounding San Joaquin Valley region may do so by contacting the Fresno County Children and Family Services, or one of the licensed child-placing foster-care agencies listed below:

Pregnancy Resource Centers

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 distribute contraceptives. Most are affiliated with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Three Pregnancy Resource Centers (or Crisis Pregnancy Centers) located in or near to Fresno in the Fresno County, California are:

Pregnancy Clinics and Low Cost Clinics

Pregnancy Clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most aspects of pre-natal care and family planning. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics in Fresno County that are located in or near Fresno and provide affordable pre-natal care are:

Hospitals In Fresno And The Surrounding Fresno County Area

Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans or have other inquiries. Contact information for hospitals in Fresno serving the surrounding Fresno County region is listed below:

Legal Considerations

If you would like to read up on adoption laws and regulations within both the United States and California, please visit the Adoption Network Resource Center to learn more and connect with legal professionals. You may also visit California Child Adoption Laws for more information.

County Court

The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization through court action. If your adoption is to finalize in California, the courthouse in Fresno County where the matter will be filed and heard is:

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