Domestic Adoption Program

In-State Infant Adoption

Our In-State Infant Adoption Program is a full-service program. This program offers varying degrees of openness, including legal-risk placements and non-legal-risk placements. You will learn about these terms and others in detail during your participation in our educational program for prospective couples.

As part of the program, The Maine Children's Home provides you with an experienced case worker to guide you through the entire process and to help you determine which type of adoption will be best for you. Our professional staff also manages the adoption home study process as well as birth parent counseling, placement services, and post adoption services.

In-State Infant Adoption Program Steps:

  1. Orientation to the agency and its services
  2. Pre-application interview
  3. Application to the program
  4. Adoption education classes
  5. Written home study and updates as needed
  6. Pre-placement coordination
  7. Birth parent services (counseling)
  8. Placement and supervision
  9. Post placement supervision
  10. Finalization of the adoption, generally six months after placement
  11. Post adoption services

Contact Us

For more information on our In-State Infant Adoption Program or other adoption options that may be available to you, fill out our adoption inquiry form or call us at (207) 873-6350.

Inter-State Adoption

The Inter-State Adoption Program is open to couples and individuals that meet eligibility requirements.

This program provides all of the same services as in the In-State Infant Adoption Program but with another licensed out-of-state agency serving as the child-placing agency. That agency is located in the same state as the adoptee and birth parent(s). It provides counseling for the parent(s) and manages the placement of the child with the prospective adoptive couple.

We assist Maine-based adoptive applicants with the Interstate Compact guidelines necessary for adoption between two states. Following placement, The Maine Children's Home also provides post placement supervision, finalization services, and post adoption services in Maine.

The majority of the babies and young children adopted through this program are of mixed cultural and racial heritage. Applicants are required to participate in educational sessions on trans-racial parenting and are encouraged to communicate with other trans-racial families.

Inter-State Adoption Program Steps:

  1. Orientation to the agency and its services
  2. Pre-application interview
  3. Application to the program
  4. Educational study group participation
  5. Written home study and updates as needed
  6. Pre-placement coordination and networking with out-of-state agencies
  7. Interstate Compact services
  8. Post-placement supervision
  9. Finalization of the adoption, generally six months after placement
  10. Post adoption services

Contact Us

For more information on our Inter-State Adoption Program or other adoption options that may be available to you, fill out our adoption inquiry form or call us at (207) 873-6350.

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