North Dakota Adoption Guide

Everything you need to know about adoption in North Dakota!

Kenneth Knudson August 31, 2016

Welcome, North Dakotan’s! This guide was written to provide you with a single place to find information about adoption within North Dakota. It will walk you through everything from laws that will impact your adoption to reviews of adoption service providers in North Dakota.

We’ve divided this guide into five parts: first, general information about adopting in North Dakota, then sections dedicated to domestic infant adoption (starting in Slide 6), foster adoption (Slide 19),  international adoption (Slide 29), and stepparent adoption (Slide 33). And don’t miss our slide filled with links to helpful adoption resources (Slide 36).

Domestic Infant Adoption: Adoption in North Dakota from Out-of-State
2. Domestic Infant Adoption: Adoption in North Dakota from Out-of-State

In adopting a child from foster care, there are opportunities to adopt a child from a different state. If this is the case, you will need to comply with the requirements of The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children.

The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) was adopted in the 1960s to provide for oversight and protection of children placed for foster care or adoption between states.

If you are adopting a child from another state, you will need to receive permission from the ICPC office in the state where the child is from. Your agency or attorney will send the office copies of your home study and some other paperwork. They will need to approve your packet before you can bring your child home.

Read more about the ICPC.

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Kenneth Knudson

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