If you live in Washington D.C. and are looking to adopt or have questions about placing your baby for adoption, review the guide below to find information about local agencies, hospitals, home study providers, and more.

Additional information can be found on our District of Columbia page.

Completing the Home Study in Washington D.C.

For adoptive parents, a home study is required. This process helps ensure that every baby placed for adoption finds the right home.

To get started , or just to gather more information, visit our home study page or contact a home study provider in your area:

  • Cradle of Hope
  • (202) 466-0973
  • “Cradle of Hope provides home study services to Maryland, Virginia, and DC families for both domestic and international adoptions for families adopting through our placement programs as well as families adopting through other agencies and attorneys. If you need a homestudy, we can help.”
  • Barker Adoption Services
  • (301) 664-9664
  • “Barker believes in the importance of providing support and guidance to our families throughout their adoption journey, whether you are adopting through our direct programs or working with another agency for placement. As your local agency, we will ensure that you have the assistance you need with your adoption plans, provided by our knowledgeable, well-trained staff.”

Washington D.C. Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals

As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, the professional you work with will play an important role throughout the adoption process, providing adoption services and support to ensure a successful adoption. If you prefer to work with a local or regional adoption professional, consider these nearby adoption agencies:

Become a Foster Parent in Washington D.C.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent in Washington D.C., contact any of the following regional agencies.

  • Family Matters DC
  • “Family Matters of Greater Washington, Inc. creates and delivers compassionate solutions that empower, enrich, and elevate all ages. Vision: To be a leading social enterprise globally in the delivery of human and health services for individuals in need. Founded in 1882, Family Matters of Greater Washington (FMGW) is one of the oldest, nationally accredited social service organizations in the Washington metropolitan area and has maintained its leadership and reputation of excellence. Family Matters has been serving as the role of “family” to our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Through our services, we have been helping to provide a support system for those that need it most at any stage of life.”

Hospitals in Washington D.C.

Adoptive parents and expectant mothers must create a hospital plan to ensure that the desires and rights of all parties are respected. You will work with your adoption professional and your delivery hospital to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Here are some hospitals near you to contact and get started with.

Legal Considerations

Visit Adoption Network for information about legal considerations in your area. Additional information about adoption in Washington DC is available at AdoptUsKids.

Local Attractions

Spending time in Washington D.C.? Be sure to check out these fun spots!