Private Adoption Services
Adoption can be one of the most wonderful events in life. Whether you’re investigating adoption as an option or have already decided that you want to adopt, LSS/NCA is here to support you. As a licensed adoption agency in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, we provide home study and post-placement visits for domestic and international adoptions for families and individuals within a 50 mile radius of the DC Metro Area.
LSS/NCA is not a child placement agency for domestic or international adoptions. We provide only home study and post placement services.
If you are interested in preparing your home for a child or need someone to conduct home/post-placement studies or are interested in learning more about placement agencies we have worked with in the past, please fill out our adoption inquiry form.
Applicants must be married or partnered for a minimum of one year before applying for a home study. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
Applicants should be in sufficient health to raise a child to adulthood.
Applicants under age 25 and applicants over 45 who are seeking to adopt, will be considered on a case by case basis.
Applicants need sufficient financial resources to afford adoption expenses and provide adequate care for the adopted child. All family members need to be covered by medical insurance. The primary earner should have life insurance equal to or more than one year of his/her salary. The reason for these financial guidelines is to protect both the adopted child and the applicant's family from serious financial distress.
** Please note that particular countries and other placement services may have additional eligibility guidelines.
WHAT IS A HOME STUDY?
A home study is a collaborative process designed to teach you about adoption and assess your suitability to become an adoptive parent. The home study process involves a series of interviews with all members of the household, as well as submission of documents as required by state regulations. The process culminates in a written home study report.
WHAT ARE POST PLACEMENT VISITS?
Following an adoption placement, adoptive families will undergo a post-placement supervision period, during which time a social worker will make visits to the adoptive home and develop a report detailing the child’s and parent's adjustment to the placement. Your social worker will observe you and your child and discuss a variety of topics, from developmental milestones to pediatrician visits. The primary purpose of post-placement visits is to ensure the adoptive placement is a good fit for the adoptive parents and the child, ensuring need are being met. The exact requirements, process and number of post-placement visits you will need to complete vary by state and country but an average of three post-placement visits is usually required.
HOW TO ADOPT INTERNATIONALLY?
International adoption can be an overwhelming process. The first step is to identify a placement agency. Below is a short list of reputable agencies LSS/NCA has worked with in the past. Please note that we work with many agencies so if you do not see your agency on this list it does not mean we will not work with them.
World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)
All God’s Children International