Frequently Asked Questions
Can non-residents adopt?
(non-agency) adoption legal in Virginia?
What expenses can
fees, medical expenses, food, lodging, maternity
clothes and travel related expenses. These should be paid through an escrow account
handled by your adoption attorney.
Is a pre-placement
home study required?
study must be completed before consents are taken.
Are the adoptive
parents required to disclose their identities to the
independent cases if mutually agreeable.
Can a birth parent
sign a consent prior to the birth?
Birth Mother - No.
Birth Father - Yes.
How long must a
birth parent wait after the birth before signing a
Immediately in agency.
3 days (birth mother)
Where does a birth
parent sign the consent?
court in agency.
When does a consent
Child is 10 days
old and 7 days have elapsed since signing for agency.
after signing or the child is 10 days old (whichever occurs first) for independent [must wait 3
days to go to Court].
Do adoptive parents
normally receive the child directly from the hospital?
What is required to
facilitate the child’s discharge from the hospital?
on individual hospital policy.
When can the
adoption be finalized?
takes at least 8 months.
Is it a requirement
that a separate attorney represent the birth parents?
Are any extra steps
required when the child is born in a state other than
the one in which the adoptive parents reside?
must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement
questions about adoption, please send an e-mail
M. Poole or contact them at
the above number.