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 San Diego

This page provides adoption information to those considering adoption who live in San Diego, California or in the San Diego County region. If you are thinking of giving your baby up for adoption, we have gathered information about Pregnancy Resource Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist you to confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with birthing centers.

For those in San Diego County who wish to adopt a baby, further below on this page you will find home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents in other areas throughout the state of California may be found on our California State Page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in San Diego and San Diego County, 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. Many 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. The Pregnancy Resource Centers (or Crisis Pregnancy Centers) located in San Diego are:

Birthline of San Diego County, Inc.
CAPS Pregnancy Services
Pregnancy Care Clinic

Pregnancy Clinics and Low Cost Clinics in San Diego

Pregnancy Clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. There are several providers of affordable prenatal care in San Diego and throughout San Diego County:

Family Health Centers of San Diego
San Ysidro Health

Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in San Diego with limited financial resources is provided at Covered California.

Hospitals Serving San Diego, California

Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans or have other inquiries. The hospitals in San Diego and the surrounding region that offer Birthing Centers are:

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
UC San Diego Medical Center - Hillcrest

Completing the Home Study in San Diego and San Diego County, California

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 and 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 the San Diego area:

AAC – Alpha Adoption Centers
877-955-2122
With over 25 years of experience in children’s social services, Alpha Adoption Centers is a full service Adoption Agency providing quality domestic newborn adoptions. Following the highest ethical standards, the knowledgeable social workers on our staff will walk you through the adoption process and answer any questions you might have. We will provide you in-depth preparation and support services.

Hope 4 Kids
949-496-9430
Hope 4 Kids is a full service Adoption Agency, licensed by the State of California, here to assist with all your adoptive needs. Our caring counselors guide Birthmothers and the Adoptive Parents through their adoption with comfort, trust, honesty and complete support.

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 San Diego

Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in San Diego County or the surrounding region may do so by contacting the San Diego County Department of Child and Family Services or one of the licensed agencies listed below:

Children’s Bureau
Extraordinary Families
Hope 4 Kids
Inner Circle Foster Care

County Court

The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization through court action. If your adoption is to finalize in California, the courthouses in San Diego County where the action may be filed and heard are:
Juvenile Courthouse or North County Courthouse

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