Adoption Agency – Services Offered Throughout Delaware
Domestic Adoption Helps Build Families
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Adoptions From The Heart’s Delaware office employs the Wilmington area’s most trusted adoption professionals in a safe, comfortable environment. Over decades of service, our adoption experts have provided prospective adoptive parents, pregnant women, and their children in Delaware with many necessary adoption services.
Adoption Services Offered To Pregnant Women In Delaware
Our Wilmington office offers pregnant women in comprehensive counseling services, ranging from effective, personalized advice pre-placement to complete guidance during and after. Our counseling for pregnant women is always offered free of charge.
If you choose adoption with Adoptions From The Heart, our adoption professionals will facilitate the entire process, guiding you through every step as smoothly as possible. With care and expertise, our only mission is to allow pregnant women to make the best choices for themselves and their children. We are available to answer your questions 24 / 7 from our Wilmington, DE adoption office.
Our adoption experts will be more than pleased to assist pregnant women seeking insurance coverage for their adoption needs. Already have insurance? We’ll be happy to file your claims for you. Still need insurance? We’ll help you find an appropriate plan or cover your pre-natal insurance expenses ourselves.
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Interested in adopting in Delaware? Prospective adoptive parents in Wilmington, DE can find both international and domestic placement programs at Adoptions From The Heart’s Wilmington office. Our adoption professionals provide comprehensive counseling, offer home studies, and handle all facets of the adoption process with expertise, skill, and experience amassed from decades of trusted adoption service.
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We Don’t Just Serve The Wilmington Area
We help build families in all three of the delaware counties. Our team has worked with individuals and couples in:
- Sussex County (Georgetown, Lewes, Millsboro, Milton, Laurel)
- New Castle County (Odessa, New Castle, Arden, Bellefonte)
- Kent County (Dover, Camden, Milford, Clayton, Woodland)
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Local Resources For Growing Families
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Rd
Wilmington, DE 19803
501 W 14th St
Wilmington, DE 19801
Christiana Care Family Medicine Center
1401 Foulk Rd
Wilmington, DE 19803
500 N King St
Wilmington, DE 19801
Brandywine School District
500 Duncan Rd
Wilmington, DE 19809
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1502 Spruce Ave
Wilmington, DE 19805
Christina School District
600 N Lombard Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Our Favorite Places For Families To Have Fun
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
1001 N Park Dr
Wilmington, DE 19802
Brandywine Creek State Park
41 Adams Dam Road
Wilmington, DE 19807
What Our Clients Say About Us
"They helped us create our family! Without Adoptions From The Heart we wouldn't have found our beautiful daughter. They supported us every step of the way and answered every single question we asked. We couldn't be happier with our experience!"Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★
Latest Delaware Child Adoption Updates
By Danielle Goodman
July 10th, 2019 – Is A “Soft-Ban” Hurting International Adoption?
The U.S. State Department has prevented “soft referrals” to families who are considering international adoption, meaning that until a child is officially up for adoption and the family has been approved and passed all home studies. But many argue that these soft referrals are exactly what motivate prospective parents to launch their adoption journey. The National Council For Adoption has sued the State Department is trying to get the ban lifted.
April 23rd, 2019 – Delaware Is One Of Only Six States To Offer Paid Parental Leave
In 2018, a new law was signed into Delaware state law which provides new parents with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The law was approved after a review of the numerous studies that show parents who take parental leave and their children are healthier over time. State lawmakers are also hoping that the new law will encourage outsiders to move to the state.
March 18th, 2019 – Many Fight The Indian Child Welfare Act
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was instituted so that Native American children who needed to be removed from their home would be placed with other members of their tribe. However, there are now those who say that this discriminates against non-Indians. Those opposing this act have filed a lawsuit hoping to change the law.
February 22nd, 2018 – Actress Open To Adoption After Starring In Adoption Movie
Rose Byrne has opened up about how acting in a movie about adoption has helped her to see the world a little differently. The actress stated “Working on this film opened my eyes, my heart, and my mind. I met families who have adopted, parents with biological children and foster children, boys raised in different families. I immediately realized that I was profoundly naive and not very informed about these things.”
January 20th, 2019 – Trump Administration Allows Adoption Agencies To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples
Faith-based child welfare agencies are now allowed to turn away same-sex couples and those of different religions thanks to the Trump administration. The administration granted a request from the governor of South Carolina and allowed federally-funded agencies to turn away prospective parents with lifestyles that aren’t aligned with Christian beliefs. This comes after several other attacks on LGBTQ adoption.
December 19th, 2018 – Instagram Helping To Connect Waiting Parents With Children
Instagram has seen a rise in certain hashtags, including #WaitingToAdopt and #HopingToAdopt, used by prospective parents who are hoping that birth mothers will contact them through the platform. But will this trend result in an increase in the number of adoptions? Learn more.
November 21st, 2018 – Twenty-Two Children Adopted On National Adoption Day
On Friday, November 16th, 2018, 22 children joined their forever families at a Delaware courthouse in celebration of National Adoption Day. The oldest child to be adopted was 19 years old and the youngest just one month old. For one family, a surprise adoption occurred too, made possible by the efforts of the entire DCS staff who pushed the adoption through in three weeks instead of three months.
October 29, 2018 – Chip And Joanna Gaines Help Couple Adopt Child From China
One Missouri couple’s dream came true when they received a $16,203 gift that allowed them to adopt a 2-year-old boy with special needs into their family. Jason and Melinda Simmons applied to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ annual program called Chipstarter. The couple made it into the final round of contestants to discover that all of the deserving finalists received money towards their projects and charities. The Simmons family is now able to bring home their son from China with the additional funds they received through the Chipstarter Program.
September 21, 2018 – Remarks Made About Same-Sex Adoption Causes Problems For NJ Representative
NJ Representative Chris Smith found himself explaining comments he made regarding gay couples adopting children, which he claimed were misconstrued. During an interview, he said that one objection he has regarding the topic is that religious groups that oppose same-sex marriages will not be allowed to handle adoptions any longer. In a report that was posted on his opponent’s YouTube account, the Representative appeared to be unsupportive of same-sex adoptions.
August 31, 2018 – Catholic Charity Ends Adoption Instead of Approving Same-Sex Couple’s Adoption
The Catholic Charity of Buffalo decided on Thursday, August 23 to end their foster adoptive services instead of approving a same-sex couple for foster care and adoption. According to New York state law, contracting organizations are not allowed to discriminate against a couple based on their sexual orientation. The charity states that they decided to close their adoption and foster branch of the charity because Catholic doctrine states that marriage is between a man and a woman and they would be unable to uphold both the state and religious laws.
July 30, 2018 – Amendment Would Allow Adoption Agencies To Refuse Same-Sex Couples
An amendment that was introduced by Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt would allow more religious organizations to operate child welfare agencies and therefore allow adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. The amendment, if implemented, could cause difficulties for some LGBTQ-friendly states as well as the many LGBTQ couples that are looking to adopt.
June 29, 2018 – Actress Neve Campbell And Boyfriend Grow Their Family Through Adoption
Actress Neve Campbell and her boyfriend JJ Feild have announced via Instagram that they adopted a baby boy five months ago. The couple stated that their 6-year-old son is very excited and helpful with his new baby brother, Raynor.
May 31, 2018 – Irish Prime Minister Apologizes To Those Affected By Adoption Falsifications
On Wednesday, May 30, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland apologized to 126 people who were adopted under falsified birth certificates. These adoptees may not have even known they were adopted and their heritage and identity is a mystery to them. Ireland is referring to this as a dark chapter in their history as the country is now working to change decades of poor treatment towards unwed mothers. A cultural shift has begun to take place in the country and recent changes have been made in government to legalize divorce, gay marriage, and abortion.
April 26, 2018 – Arizona Bill Aims To Address Substance Abuse Problem With Adoption Changes
Arizona Senate Bill 1473 is aiming to reduce the amount of time parents who are addicted to drugs have before their baby is placed up for adoption. The bill aims to address the growing drug problem and targets infants and babies because this is a crucial time for bonding with an adult. If the legislation passes babies born to parents with substance abuse problems could be placed into permanent homes by their 1st birthday.
March 20, 2018 – New Kentucky Adoption Bill Is Close To Passing
House Bill 1 is an overhaul of the adoption and foster care system in Kentucky and is currently in its final steps of passing in the state legislature. The bill would allow the state to take steps to terminate parental rights of parents of children who are born with drug addictions unless they take the appropriate steps to get clean. It would allow the mother 60 days to enroll in a drug treatment program prior to termination of her rights. The bill also would expand the definition of “blood relative” so that more children can be fostered by family and close relations.
February 13, 2018 – New Adoption Bill Passes In Georgia Senate
Early this month the Georgia Senate passed a bill to revamp to the adoption code that has been going through negotiations for almost a year. The bill had difficulty moving through the Senate last year when Republican lawmakers added a law allowing adoption agencies to refuse placement of a child to a family based on religious beliefs, allowing LGBT couples to be refused children. This law has since been removed and the bill makes several technical changes to the adoption code helping to streamline the adoption process.
January 12, 2018 – Foreign Adoptions Banned In Ethiopia
In 2011, a 13-year-old girl who was adopted from Ethiopia died from malnutrition and hypothermia. A couple from the U.S. was later convicted in 2013 for the death and abuse of the child and they are both currently in prison. Ethiopia has now banned the adoption of children from foreign countries stating that adopted children had been exposed to various crimes in other countries they grew up in and this will allow children to grow up in Ethiopian culture. In 2016, Ethiopia was one of the top 10 countries from which Americans adopted international children. It is unclear right now as to how this ban will affect current pending adoptions.
December 18, 2017 – Judge Skips Disciplinary Hearing Regarding Charges Of Ethics Violations
A disciplinary hearing was held Friday, December 15, in Lexington, Kentucky for a family court judge who is charged with violating ethics rules after he objected to managing adoptions involving gay couples. Neither the judge nor his attorneys showed up for the hearing which took place without him. The Judge announced his retirement in October which went into effect on Saturday. The decision of the hearing has not yet been announced.
November 29, 2017 – Incremental Increase Of Single Men Adopting
The New York Times featured a story on a single man in Central Florida who adopted a young boy, who he had fostered, after meeting him as a student in his fourth grade classroom. The story touches on the difficulty he had in the beginning when he was fostering but that the improvement was so great he proceeded with adoption. The story also describes how there is a small trend emerging in adoption statistics of single men who adopt.
October 30, 2017 – Canada Agrees To Pay Settlement To Indigenous People For Forced Adoptions
On Friday, October 6, the Canadian government agreed to pay $750 million in legal settlements to the Indigenous families who filed suit after suffering from the country’s forced adoption program. This settlement could affect 300,000 people across the country. The government is looking to make amends for the adoption program which forcibly removed indigenous children from their families and put them up for adoption around the world. The program began in the 1960s and didn’t end until the 1980s. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that there needed to be an effort to “correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life” and promised to do more to help the country’s indigenous people.
September 29, 2017- North Dakota Woman Being Investigated In Adoption Scam
Allegations have been made against a Stutsman County woman in an “adoption scam.” The woman is being accused of stealing photos of children that did not belong to her and made them appear as though they were up for adoption when they were not. Grand Forks Police Department and Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office have both launched investigations into these allegations. Her victims are allegedly scattered across North Dakota, South Dakota, and other places. The victims stated that she would take these pictures to them as they were hopefully waiting to adopt a child. She even went as far as asking for the hopeful families to pay her thousands of dollars to process adoption documents.
July 28, 2017- Wednesday’s Child Adopted By Family After Seeing Him On Television
A television presenter introduced one family to their soon-to-be son via t.v. in 2014. The presenter introduced a then 9-year-old boy, when one woman was watching and knew that that was her son. She looked at her husband and told him she wanted to adopt him. From there on the couple pursued adoption through the Wednesdays’ child program and they all could not be happier with their new family. Two years later the family was recently interviewed as a success story in the program.
June 23, 2017- California Changes Adoption Travel Laws
California residents will soon be facing restrictions if they wish to travel to Texas. This ban comes due to the new Texan laws that give legal cover to religious adoption agencies that turn away prospective parents due to their sexual orientation. California enacted a law this year that will restrict taxpayer-funded travel to places that “authorize discrimination” against people because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity. Read more here about who will be affected by this law in light of prospective same-sex adoptive parents.
May 30, 2017- Country Star Adopts Baby Girl From Uganda
Country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren recently welcomed their daughter Willa Gray Atkins after a year long journey to adoption. Rhett’s wife Lauren, met the 18-month-old in her home country of Uganda in 2016, when she visited the country with 147 Million Orphans. The couple had been trying to conceive without success and started discussing adoption. Lauren had an instant bond with the baby who had been orphaned when she was a newborn. While making trips to adopt the little girl she fell in love with in Uganda, the couple found out they were pregnant. Read more about this adoption story here.
April 28, 2017- Changes In Adoption Would Change The Time For Biological Parents To Change Their Minds
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are calling for a streamlined process to get more of the 2,500 children currently awaiting adoption into loving homes as soon as possible. Part of the proposed streamlined process includes the window in which biological parents have to change their minds about giving their children up for adoption. The new rules will give better direction for counties to take in order to track biological fathers. The proposed bills if allowed will shorten the time when biological parents can change their minds to give up their children. Currently, biological parents have 30 days after revoking their parental rights to change their minds. The new proposal would change this time to 14 days. Read more about these proposals here.
March 24, 2017- Five Siblings Plea To Be Adopted Together
Five siblings who are being called the “Fab 5” ages 11, 10, 8, 6 and 2 from Central Kansas are pleading to be adopted together. The siblings have been in foster care for a little over a year. They have been separated and placed in different homes and are now asking for one family to adopt them all. State caseworkers are hopeful that the children will have their wish fulfilled after they were profiled in the Kansas City Star as a “Family Wanted” feature article. The article went viral. Their story has been shared around the world and has produced 3,000 inquiries. One of the inquiries even came from Ireland. Read more about their story here.
February 28, 2017-Adoption Agency Actively Seeks LGBTQ Prospective Parents
With changes in some states allowing same-sex couples to be turned away by adoption agencies, some are specifically seeking same-sex prospective parents. One nonprofit organization actively seeks LGBTQ prospective parents, among others. The nonprofit also helps couples with grants that are also aimed at prospective parents who have already completed their home study. Their grantees have included same-sex and single parents as well as different-sex parents, including transgender parents.
January 27, 2017- Four-Year-Old Celebrates Adoption With A Star Wars Theme
A four-year-old girl who is a Star Wars super-fan received a Star Wars themed adoption ceremony. Moments before her foster parent of three years was officially named her mom, the young girl was greeted by Darth Vader and Chewbacca at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The four-year-old had been in her new mom’s care since 2013 and they developed a special bond. The little girl is said to love Star Wars so much that her mom wanted to make her adoption ceremony extra special with the movie she loves.
September 12th, 2016 – New Legislation Would Allow 12 Weeks Paid Leave After Adoption
New legislation has been put forth which would mean Delaware state workers who adopt a child six years old or younger would be given 12 weeks paid leave. For more information on this check out Newsworks.