If you are considering adoption, placing your baby for adoption, or becoming a foster parent the Norfolk, Virginia area, you will find information regarding home study providers, local agencies, foster care resources, hospitals, and county courts below. Visit our Virginia State Page.

Completing the Home Study in Norfolk

The home study is one of the most important aspects of the adoption process and is required for every adoption. Its purpose is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents. The home study generally includes questions about family history, health & financial information, and personal background. The following is a list of home study providers/adoption agencies near Norfolk:

  • Adoptions from The Heart
  • 1-800-355-5500
  • “Since 1985, The Mission of Adoptions from The Heart has been to provide safe, loving homes for children and offer comprehensive, high-quality services to adoptive families, birth parents, and children.”
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • 757-456-2366
  • “Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia has been providing pregnancy counseling and adoption services to families in the area since 1932. We serve people of every race, creed, ethnicity and religion (over 80% of our clients are not Catholic). We look forward to working with you.”

Norfolk Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals

There are several other basic adoption requirements all Adoptive Parents will need to know. If you are interested in adopting a baby in the surrounding Norfolk area, contact these local adoption agencies below:

Foster Care Resources

Do you think Foster Adoption is right for you? Are you interested in adopting an infant from foster care? Contact these local foster care resources to see if the role of a Foster Parent is in your best interest:

  • Norfolk Department of Human Services
  • 757-664-7751 (Karen Opie)
  • “While many families provide foster care homes for children, the need for more individuals willing to share their home and heart with a child is on-going. Being a foster parent has many challenges and rewards. All foster parents receive support as part of a team of individuals and agencies, working together in the best interests of each child”
  • The Up Center
  • 757-622-7017
  • “Our mission… is to change the trajectory of families from crisis to wholeness… Our vision… is a healthy community where children and families thrive.”
  • UMFS
  • 757-490-9791
  • “UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.”
  • First Home Care
  • 757-393-7200
  • “First Home Care will improve the quality of life for those entrusted to our care by providing culturally competent, community based services while empowering individuals and their families as equal partners in the treatment process and development of sustainable natural supports.”

Hospitals in Norfolk

Birth Mothers and Adoptive Parents will need to prepare a hospital plan that will meet all their hopes and needs. Finding the right hospital with the right staff will ensure a comfortable stay when welcoming their new baby. Below is a list of hospitals in Norfolk:

County Courts

To complete the adoption process, a finalization hearing is required. If you would like to learn about the adoption laws in Virginia, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. The following is a list of county courts in and near the Norfolk area:

  • Isle Wight County
  • 757-365-6237
  • Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, 17000 Josiah Parker Circle, Isle of Wight, VA 23397
  • Mathews County
  • 804-693-4850
  • 7400 Justice Drive, Room 204, Gloucester, VA 23061
  • York County
  • 757-890-3470
  • 300 Ballard Street, Yorktown, VA 23690

Local Attractions

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. These local attractions will be sure to keep you amused. See more local attractions below: