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Virginia Adoption

Adoption in Virginia

If you live in Virginia and are pregnant and considering adoption, please visit our For Birthmothers page for more information on how the adoption process works.  

Looking for the right Adoptive Family for you?  Visit our View Waiting Families page to read profiles for adoptive families hoping to adopt a child.

Below is some brief information about adoption laws in Virginia.  If you are an adoptive family and are just starting your adoption journey, visit our Adoptive Family Page to learn more about how adoption works.   Below is a list of Virginia Home Study Providers if you are an adoptive family looking to take the first steps in your adoption journey.  

We appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by and certainly look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Virginia Adoption Law

When it comes to laws that govern Virginia adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Below is a quick summary to some of the most common Virginia adoption laws.  NOTE: Under no circumstances should this information be relied upon as complete legal advice or applicable to your specific adoption.  It is intended only to be a reference and not definitive.

Consent to Adopt

The birthmother and birthfather can sign consent anytime 3 days after the birth. Signing of consent must be done before an Officer. Consent is irrevocable at signing without a court hearing. The state does not have a birthfather registry.

Birthmother Living Expenses

Birthmother living expenses are allowed to be paid, however; $1,000 is the maximum allowable amount. The state requires that all birthmother living expenses must be disbursed by a licensed child placing agency.

Adoption Finalization

Virginia Home Study Providers

In Virginia, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process.  Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child.  A home study may be performed by the Virginia Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, or an individual or agency licensed by the department to perform investigations

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.

Mary Catherine Larkin

Adoption Options
Fairfax, VA
703 204-9592

Michelle Walter

Adoption Rescources of Jewish Family Services
Virginia Beach, VA
757 459-4640

Laura Ash-Brackley

Children's Home Society of Virginia
Richmond, VA
800 247-2888

Rachel Stage

Family Hope Center
Newport News, VA
804 684-2555

Kirsten Wicht

Forever Families Adoption Services
Warrenton, VA
540 341-4679

Wendy Werner

Friday's Child Adoption Services, Inc.
Winchester, VA

Teresa Birchett

JFS Jewish Family Services
Richmond, VA
804 282-5644