Alaska Adoption Information

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Adopting in Alaska

Individuals who wish to adopt in Alaska can find children looking for homes in the foster care system. However, finding infants or younger children in foster care is very rare. Most children are older and have been removed from their birth parents due to abuse and neglect.

Infants and younger children needing homes can often be found through the use of a licensed child-placing agency. These agencies work with birthmothers who choose to place their child for adoption.

Families who want to adopt in Alaska must be finger printed, complete an application, attend training and have a home study done. A family can be matched with a child, once all the paperwork and training is completed. If the family accepts the referral for a child, then an appointment will be made for the family to meet the child. If the meeting or meetings go well and all parties are in agreement that the child would benefit from being placed in the family's household, then the child will be placed with the family. The social worker will provide ongoing support for six consecutive months. The child can be adopted after the six month period and positive reports.

Families who choose to use a licensed child-placing agency will have similar requirements to those families who adopt children from the Alaska foster care system. If the family wants to adopt an infant, than the agency may match the family with a birth parent. Some birth parents wish to meet and choose the adoptive parents for their child. There are other birth parents that simply place the child with the agency, trusting them to find a good home for their baby. Sometimes, the birth mom finds out that she is pregnant and makes the decision that she can not afford to keep the baby when born. If an adoptive family is matched with this birth mom then they will need to understand that the wait could be several months. In addition, the birth mom may decide in the end, to keep the baby.

There are times that agencies have infants who need to find an adoptive home immediately; however, many times the wait for a referral is a lengthy one. Individuals who choose to grow there family through the use of a licensed-child placing agency realize that most of the referrals they will get are for infants and children who's birth parents have not relinquished or lost their parental rights. This is a risk that should be considered because a birth parent can change their mind, before they sign over their parental rights. This can cause a lot of heartache for those families who were matched with a birth mother during her pregnancy; to find out that she no longer wishes to place her baby for adoption.

Those families who look to the foster care system will also have a similar decision to make. They will need to decide if they would be willing to accept a referral for a child who is considered “at risk”. This may mean that the social worker expects for the child to become legally free for adoption, but there is no guarantee. The family would have to foster the child, in hopes of the child becoming legally free to adopt at a later date. This can also be heart wrenching because the family may learn about the abuse the child suffered, and then have to give the child back if the courts rule that the child is to return to the birthparents. A family can request to only be considered for children who are legally free in the state of Alaska. It's important to remember that there are children all over the world who need homes. Your child may be found in a different state or even a different country.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Alaska.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near Alaska in the listing below, provided as a service of

Couples Hoping to Adopt in Alaska

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Children Waiting for Adoption in Alaska

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Alaska who are hoping to be adopted.

We're sorry, Alaska does not currently feature children in The Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the photolisting.

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