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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Norfolk, Virginia
This page provides information to those who are considering adoption and live in Norfolk or Norfolk County, Virginia. If you are thinking about 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 the Norfolk County region of Virginia 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 throughout the commonwealth of Virginia may be found on our Virginia adoption information page.
Pregnancy Resource Centers in Norfolk, Virginia
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. Many are affiliated with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. The Pregnancy Resource Center providing assistance in or near Norfolk, Virginia is:
Pregnancy Clinics and Low Cost Clinics in Norfolk, Virginia
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. The clinics that state they are located in or near to Norfolk, Virginia provide referrals to clinics that are located in neighboring counties.
Information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in Virginia to women with limited financial resources may be found at Cover Virginia.
Hospitals in Norfolk, Virginia
Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans during the time of baby’s birth, or have other inquiries. The hospitals with birthing centers serving the Norfolk, Virginia region are:
Completing the Home Study in Norfolk, Virginia
The home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption process. 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. Some of the home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in the Norfolk, Virginia region are:
Adoptions Together Home Studies allow you to start your home study online simply and securely without the hassle of mailing most documents to your social worker. Learn how our adoption home studies can make the adoption process easier, faster and safer.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
We offer adoptive family counseling and education, birth parent counseling and support, home studies, international placement agency partnerships, post-placement visits, adoption finalization services, and post-adoption counseling and support.
The Datz Foundation
The home study is the basic document which enables you to adopt a child. Since its inception, the Datz Foundation has completed thousands of home studies for families living in VA, DC, and MD.
Become a Foster Parent in Norfolk, Virginia
Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in or near to Norfolk, Virginia may do so by contacting the Virginia Department of Social Services or one of the licensed agencies listed below.
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 Virginia, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. Contact the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations and District Court for information regarding adoption filings for the Norfolk, Virginia region.
While you’re in the Norfolk area, check out the beautiful Norfolk Botanical Garden, or visit the exhibits at Nauticus. If you like museums, Norfolk offers several to choose from. See more local attractions below: