Types of Adoptions

 The decision to build your family through adoption can occur for many reasons.  Those reasons may include infertility or simply a desire to expand your family.  A child may join your family through a variety of ways: domestic, identified, kinship, international or foster child adoption.

While each adoption is unique, according to Nebraska state law, a home study must be completed and approved by a licensed child placing agency for each adoption that occurs in the state.

A home study is an educational process that includes at least six face-to-face hours with an adoption professional, gathering information about the prospective parent(s) to help determine the safety and suitability of the prospective adoptive family.

Below you will find a description of different types of adoption placements, find out which one is right for you.


Domestic Adoption

Domestic adoption (or private domestic) refers to the placement of U.S.-born infants for adoption by their biological parents, who legally consent to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing.

Identified Placement
An identified adoption (also known as a designated adoption) is an adoption in which the prospective adoptive family and the biological family of the child know of one another.  

Kinship Adoption

Kinship adoption refers to the adoptive placement of ones relative.

Foster Child Adoption

Foster adoptions refers to the placement of children in the State foster care system whose biological parents rights have been terminated.  To learn more about this type of adoption in Nebraska contact  1-800-7PARENT (1-800-772-7368).

International Adoption
International adoption (also referred to as intercountry adoption or transnational adoption) is a type of adoption in which an individual or couple becomes the legal and permanent parent(s) of a child who is born in a different country.