Adoption Agency – Helping Pregnant Women Understand All Of Their Options
Helping Connect Birth Mothers With Prospective Parents
Medical Care Available For Mother & Child
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Our Chesapeake, VA adoption agency office is filled with adoption professionals devoted to the happiness of Chesapeake’s prospective adoptive parents, pregnant women, and their children. In a comfortable, caring environment, we offer all members of the adoption triad comprehensive counseling and facilitation in all aspects of the adoption process.
Services For Pregnant Women In Virginia
We fully believe that communication is the basis of all love. That’s why the cornerstone of our adoption services for pregnant women in Chesapeake is personalized guidance. Our counseling services for pregnant women are always offered without charge, before, during, and after placement. From effective pre-placement advice to comprehensive counseling during and after placement, our adoption professionals are here to help.
If you decide to continue working with Adoptions From The Heart’s VA office, our Virginia adoption experts will smoothly and safely facilitate every aspect of the adoption process. Our sole aim is to help pregnant women in understand their options and make the right choices for their children and themselves. Our adoption office is open to hear and answer your questions at any time, every day.
We understand that the prospect of medical expenses appears daunting to many pregnant women. If you already have insurance, our Chesapeake adoption professionals are more than happy to file your claims. If you need insurance, we’ll help you find an appropriate plan, or cover your prenatal medical bills ourselves.
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Domestic Adoption Is Possible Through Adoptions From The Heart
Thousands Of Children Placed Since 1985
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For prospective adoptive parents in VA, Adoptions From The Heart offers complete facilitation of domestic and international placements. From our Chesapeake office, we offer counseling and home studies. In decades of compassionate adoption service, we have guided over 6,000 prospective adoptive parents in all aspects of the adoption process.
When individuals and families think about adopting domestically, they frequently are under the impression that it will take years and cost more than an international adoption. But these are myths. On average, more than 18,000 children are adopted in the United States every single year and the majority of those children are connected with their adoptive families in less than a year.
Our team is here to answer all questions that prospective parents have and to guide them through the process of building a family.
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We Don’t Just Serve The Chesapeake Area
Our team has helped pregnant women, prospective parents, and adoptees from all over the state of Virginia, including places like:
- Caroline County (Bowling Green, Port Royal, Sparta, Ladysmith)
- Brunswick County (Valentines, Ebony, Freeman)
- Goochland County (Sandy Hook, Shannon Hill, Oilville)
- Madison County (Madison, Wolftown, Haywood)
- Roanoke County (Catawba, Glenvar, Riverside)
Local Resources For Families
Sentara Greenbrier HealthPlex
713 Volvo Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Nowcare Urgent Care
725 Volvo Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Chesapeake Pediatrics at S. Battlefield Blvd
1124 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
4012 Raintree Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23321
Chesapeake Public School System
312 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Supply Stores For New Parents
1316 Greenbrier Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Babies R Us
1336 Greenbrier Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA 23320
What Our Clients Say About Us
"They helped make my family complete! My husband and I knew from the moment we walked through Adoption From The Heart's doors that we were in good hands. Everyone on the staff is so warm and welcoming and they answered our hundreds of questions with patience. It was through their hard work that our daughter joined the family and we can't thank them enough!"Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★
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Latest Virginia Adoption Updates
By Victoria Sims
May 13th, 2019 – Couple Adopts Three Children In Several Hours
When Beth and Alex Todd, adoption was the way they wanted to build their family. They choose to go through the state foster care and told the agency that they would be open to one or two children under the age of five. But then they got a call that three children, siblings, were available and in desperate need of a home. The minute they saw a picture, they knew it was meant to be. In a matter of 22 hours, they became both new parents and the parents of three children.
April 4th, 2019 – A Mother’s Love Heals Adoptee
When a little boy named Marcus was born, his doctors didn’t expect him to ever be able to walk, talk, or even live past the age of two. Today, he has defied the odds and is doing all three of those things, thanks to the mother who adopted him. His mother has stated that when she first met him, he wasn’t thriving but when she asked if she could be his mom, he smiled and she knew it was meant to be.
March 6th, 2019 – Couple Adopts Child After Son’s Death
After losing their 23-month-old son in a tragic accident more than three years ago, one couple decided that they wanted to once again bring a child into their lives. After undergoing a series of fertility treatments, they made the decision to adopt. Surprisingly, they were contacted by family friends whose daughter was giving her newborn up for adoption in Virginia.
February 21st, 2019 – Man Reunited With His Birth Mother
With the support of his adoptive family, a 40-year-old man hired a private investigator to search for his birth family. The investigator failed to produce anything of merit so instead, the adoptee took a DNA test through ancestry.com. This DNA test connected him to a birth cousin who put him in touch with his birth mother. When they spoke for the first time, she told him she had been waiting her hear his voice for 40 years.
January 25th, 2019 – Adoptee Marries His Birth Parents
A man who searched for his birth parents not only reunited with them but also helped them to reunite. After contacting his birth parents, he put the two, who had not seen each other in over 30 years, in touch. When they spoke, a spark was ignited and a short while later, they asked their child to be the officiant at their wedding.
November 15th, 2018 – Norfolk, VA Celebrates 13 Adoptions
As a way to celebrate the 13th National Adoption Day in Norfolk, VA, 13 adoptions are being celebrated and finalized. These children join the other 747 children who were adopted this year alone. The adoptions will take place in a ceremony at a Norfolk Courtroom and a reception for the families, adoption professionals, and judges will follow.
October 12, 2018 – The Indian Child Welfare Act Is Deemed Unconstitutional By Texas Judge
In 2013, an adoption battle in Oklahoma went public after a man who was a Cherokee Indian used the Indian Welfare Act to fight the adoption of his daughter to another family, despite having signed away his parental rights. The US Supreme Court ultimately allowed the baby to remain with the adoptive family who she had been with for 2 years. Now, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional because it violates the 5th Amendment’s equal protection guarantee.
September 24, 2018 – Michigan Faces Lawsuit Over Contracting Religiously Affiliated Agencies
On Friday, Judge Paul Borman ruled that the lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples against the state of Michigan may proceed. The state has contracts with religiously-affiliated adoption agencies which then gives the agencies a “license to discriminate” by refusing to serve same-sex couples. Both of the couples that are suing have been denied service. The state has argued that the case should be dismissed but the judge believes that the plaintiffs have a credible case.
August 30, 2018 – Tennessee Family Creatively Fundraises For Adoption Funds
A family of 3 in Spring Hill, Tennessee is working towards growing their family to include an adopted child or sibling pair from Haiti. The family is in need of additional money to offset the high costs of international adoption so they have gotten creative in their methods of raising money. They have sold a variety of different merchandise and even collected and resold gently worn shoes. They are now working with an organization called Both Hands to assist them in reaching their goal of $30,000.
July 18, 2018 – New Adoption Tax Credit Passed In Illinois
As the costs of adoption continue to rise, many families can become deterred from choosing adoption as a method of growing their families. In an effort to assist and encourage families to adopt in-state, Illinois has passed a state tax credit of $5,000 as a part of their budget that was passed in May. The credit is much like the federal tax credit in that it can be rolled over and applied to state taxes up to 5 years after the finalization of the adoption.
June 29, 2018 – Indiana Adoption Records Will Be Open With New Law That Takes Effect July 1st
On Sunday, July 1, a new law will go into effect in Indiana which will allow any Indiana resident who was adopted before January 1, 1994, to request access to their birth records. The records have been automatically closed unless requested to remain open by the birth parent. Many people who have been adopted would like to have access to their birth records so they could have more information about their birth parents such as medical history. In order to place a request, a government issued picture id and a form must be submitted to ISDH.
May 9, 2018 – New Arkansas Law Allows Adoptees To Request Their Adoption File
A law that was passed in March 2017 in Arkansas will go into effect on August 1, 2018. This law will allow any individual, that is at least 21 years-old, that wishes to obtain their adoption file to request it from the Arkansas Department of Health. Usually, adoption files will contain an original birth certificate and adoption decree but vary with each adoption. Birth parents will also be able to redact their name from the adoption file if they wish.
April 18, 2018 – Louisiana Teachers Will Benefit From New Bill That Passed In The House
On April 11, House Bill 625 was voted on by Louisiana’s House of Representatives and passed unanimously. The bill now needs to be voted on in the Louisiana Senate before it can be signed into a law. This bill would be great news for public school teachers and personnel if it passes. The bill would allow school districts to expand on employees maternity leave to include 30 days of paid leave after adopting a child.
March 22, 2018 – Australia’s Minister Wants Adoption To Be An Option For Indigenous Children
The Federal Children’s Minister of Australia, David Gillespie, has stated that he would push states to consider more open adoptions for Indigenous children. This would mean that the adopted child would have contact with their biological parents while being cared for and living with their adoptive parents. He stated that there is a reluctance to use adoption for several reasons but there is a crisis in the country regarding children going into protective services. Many though, still oppose adoption because of the concern that Aboriginal children’s safeguards are taken away in regards to connecting with their wider family and culture.
February 26, 2018 – Kentucky Lawmakers Try To Update Adoption System
Lawmakers in Kentucky are working to pass a new bill which aims to improve and overhaul the state’s foster care and adoption system. One of the changes the bill aims to make is to reduce the amount of time that children spend in foster care. The bill would give specific deadlines to how long a child can be in foster care before the state needs to rectify the situation by either reunifying the child with their biological family or having them put up for adoptions because there is currently no timeframe in place. The bill is now heading to the House for consideration.
January 15, 2018 – Walt Disney Company Helps Families With Adoption Through Pro-Bono Program
In 2013, The Walt Disney Company launched a program geared at assisting families in adopting children. The program is made up of a team of lawyers who give some of their time to doing local adoption cases for free. The program is meant to alleviate some of the stress from the process which tends to be lengthy and expensive for families. This past November, on National Adoption Day, the program assisted in the finalization of 32 adoptions with lawyers taking the cases pro-bono. Since the start of the program, 219 adoptions have been finalized at LA County Children’s Courthouse.
December 12, 2017 – Single Man Adopts Third Foster Child
A 30-year-old single man decided to become a foster parent to his first son at the young age of 21 and then decided to adopt the 8-year-old boy. As a child, Barry Farmer grew up in a form of foster care called kinship care, where his grandmother raised him. Farmer knew that he wanted to pay it forward and decided that fostering children and adopting was the way the Richmond, VA man would do it. He adopted his second son, a 15-year-old boy, in 2015, and adopted his third son earlier this year.
November 6, 2017 – $200 Million To Go To Those Who Adopt Foster Kids
In Florida, there are currently 800 kids waiting to be adopted. Since November is National Adoption Month Governor Rick Scott has announced that he would like about $200 million to go towards families in Florida that adopt foster kids. The Governor’s office is partnering with the Florida Department of Children and Families and will be allocating that money to go towards helping provide critical services to families and children post-adoption.
October 12, 2017 – 11-Year-Old Utah Girl Discovers She Will Be Adopted By Foster Family
ABC News recently covered the story of a young girl discovering she was going to be adopted by her foster family while at school. The Utah school’s camera captured the moment she discovered the news and she lept into the arms of the school’s office manager in excitement and joy. The event occurred on Oct 2 after the girl’s foster mother called to inform the office manager that their court date went well and the adoption was going to occur. In addition, the family will be adopting the 11-year-old’s 2 younger siblings.
August 24, 2017- West Virginia Is Facing A Child Welfare Crisis
The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources has stated that the state of West Virginia is facing a child welfare crisis. It has been reported that West Virginia leads the country in children removed from the home and is 48th in children in congregate care. Children entering the system are younger and are faced with more complex physical and behavioral issues. The state also lacks adequate foster care families, child protective service staff as well as adoption options.
March 20th, 2017 – New Bill Would Grant Adoptive Parents Leave
Senate Bill 1412, if passed, would grant adoptive parents who are state employees the same amount of time off that mothers who have given birth receive. Currently, state employees must take vacation days or unpaid personal leave if they want to take time off following an adoption. For more information on this check out the Daily Press.
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