Thank you for your interest in adoption. This information is provided to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about adoption and adoption related services.
Nevada Revised Statute and Nevada Administrative Code 127 govern the adoption of children, and are designed to protect the best interests of children, their birth parents, persons who wish to adopt and adult adopted persons.
The goal of State adoption programs is to provide safe and permanent homes for children whose birth parents cannot care for them. The programs are child-focused, and designed to recruit and secure the best families available to meet children’s needs. Therefore, prospective adoptive parents are a valuable resource to the State.
State and County child welfare agencies and licensed private agencies offer a variety of services to:
- The general public seeking basic information about adoption
- Birth parents planning adoption for their child
- Families interested in adopting waiting special needs children; and healthy infants
- Families interested in private/independent, interstate or international adoptions
- Adult adopted persons (provided either through the Nevada Adoption Registry and/or the child welfare office or licensed private agency who handled their adoption)
- Relatives related within the third degree of consanguinity of an adult adopted person (generally provided through the Nevada Adoption Registry)
Services offered may vary from agency to agency, so you are encouraged to contact your local public child welfare agency or licensed child placing agency directly for more specific information. Few, if any, non-special needs infants are available for adoption through the public agencies. Families interested in this type of adoption usually consider other options such, as international or private adoption. A list of public and private agencies is provided for your convenience on subsequent pages.