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An unplanned or unwanted pregnancy can be an overwhelming feeling for women in Utah. Adoption Choices of Arizona has been working with women in similar circumstances in Arizona as well as across Utah.
Choosing adoption requires a process of five steps: making an adoption decision, creating an adoption plan, choosing an adoptive family, preparing for placement, and adjusting to life after adoption. With the right adoption professional, like Adoption Choices of Arizona, the adoption process can be smooth and efficient for an expectant mother. Placing a newborn baby for adoption in Utah is an option for any woman considering adoption.
The steps of the adoption process are broken down below. Adoption Choices of Arizona will help a woman considering, “I want to give my baby up for adoption in Utah” by walking her through these five steps. If you are an expectant mother who doesn’t know what to expect in the adoption process, please contact us to have more specific questions answered.
Each adoption situation varies in circumstances and relationships and should be individually handled with care. Our adoption professionals will be there as a guide, support, and resource center throughout the adoption process.
Adoption can be an incredibly amazing experience if a prospective birth mother chooses to see the beauty and love involved in it. Please contact us if you are considering putting your baby up for adoption in Utah. Someone will reach out to you, discuss the steps of adoption with you and answer any questions you have. Be encouraged that life after adoption can be rich, beautiful, and full of healing and joy if you choose for it to be!
|Code Sections||Utah Code Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 1: Utah Adoption Act|
|Who Can Be Adopted||Any child or adult can be adopted, if eligible and the Utah adoption laws are followed. If the adopting person is not at least 10 years older than the child, he or she can’t adopt. However, if a married couple is adopting only one of the spouses must be at least 10 years older than the adoptee.|
|Consent of Child||A child who’s at least 12 years old and any adults must consent to adoption, if they have the mental capacity to consent.|
|Who Can Adopt||Any adult can adopt, but must have the consent of his or her spouse if married. Also, a single person who is cohabitating and involved in a sexual relationship without being married may not adopt. This may have been developed to prevent same-sex couples from adopting (although it doesn’t necessarily prevent single gay or lesbian persons from adopting). However, now same-sex marriage is legal in Utah.|
This law is written to say the “most beneficial family structure” for children is one with one man and one woman who are married, but there are many reasons this may not be the case and the law is flexible enough to understand there aren’t always qualified couples available for all the children who’d like to be adopted.
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption||The home residency requirement or amount of time a child must live in the home before the adoption is finalized is usually 6 months. However, for stepparents adopting their spouse’s children, the child must live with the stepparent for at least one year.|
|State Agency||In Utah, the state agency that handles foster care and adoptions of children who can’t be returned to their families of origin is Child and Family Services.|
|State Court||The adoption petition can be filed in your local District Court or in the Juvenile Court for children who were abused or neglect or had the parental rights of the birth parent terminated in the juvenile court.|
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge||An adoption can’t be contested after entry of final adoption decree, even in the case of fraudulent misrepresentation connected to the adoption. However, a person can seek civil or criminal penalties for adoption fraud.|
We are here to help! Expectant Parent Call or Text 1-480-900-5520
If the Department of Child Protective Services is involved in your life, private adoption (where you choose the adoptive parents), is still an option for you. Do not hesitate to call. There is only a small window of time that you have to make an adoption plan and the baby can be released from the hospital directly to the adoptive family.
We will come to your hospital room or wherever you want to meet and walk you through the process of making a life long plan for your baby.
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Give us a call, any time. We are here to answer your questions and to help you look at your options. Gaining understanding and knowledge will often ease your stress and fe
Meet With A Counselor
One of our professional, compassionate counselors will come to you providing you all the information, paperwork, answers, and guidance to start your adoption journey.
Select A Family
Your counselor will bring you family profiles to choose from. Don’t feel you have the right family? We’ll get you more profiles! You get to choose your family and the level of openness you wish to have.
Place Baby with The Family
We will be with you and advocate for you at the hospital. The baby will leave with the adoptive family while we prepare consents.
Access Post Placement Support
We will ensure you have a healthy recovery and a plan of action. Our counselors will remain available for you during this time.