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Nevada Adoption Laws and Policies


As a Nevada resident who’s interested in adopting, you have many adoption options, and this is the perfect place to begin exploring them. Below, you’ll find adoption agencies and adoption lawyers offering services in your state. Scroll past the listings to see Nevada adoption laws and policies.



Each state maintains its own adoption policies, so the process can vary considerably for families, from state to state. Learn all about the legal guidelines for families adopting in Nevada, whether you’re adopting a newborn through domestic, private adoption, an infant or older child from U.S. foster care adoption, or an infant, toddler, or older child through international adoption. Find answers to the most common questions about Nevada adoptions.



Any adult who is at least ten years older than the child if adopting a minor may adopt. If the adoptee is an adult, any adult who is older than the adoptee may adopt.



Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents? No.

Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption? No.

Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary? Yes, but only a licensed individual may act as an adoption facilitator.

What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period? Medical, legal, counseling, necessary living.

Is there a putative father registry? No.

When can consent to adoption be granted? 72 hours after birth.

 When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic? After signing.

Are post-adoption contact agreements legally enforceable? Both parties (the adopting parents and the birthparents) may petition to the court, but contact must begin at most 120 days after the agreement was reached.



Is a foreign adoption decree automatically recognized by the state? Not addressed in state statutes.

Can parents readopt in this state? Is it mandatory? Not addressed in state statutes.

When will a U.S. birth certificate be issued? The State Registrar will issue a supplementary birth certificate upon receipt of a copy of the adoption decree and proof that the child is a U.S. citizen. The adopting parents must reside in Nevada.



Are adoption subsidies available? When do they start and how long do they last? Yes, subsidies are available for a special needs child, who is defined as having at least one of the following: 5 years or older, is of a minority race, member of a sibling group of 2 or more children (if one sibling is at least 3) being placed together, has or is at risk of developing a medical, physical, emotional, or mental condition. In addition, the child must be in the custody of the state or a Nevada-licensed child-placing agency. Subsidies begin at adoption finalization.

Where can I learn more about the process of adopting a child from foster care in Nevada? http://www.dcfs.state.nv.us/DCFS_Adoption.htm


Nevada Department of Human Resources
Division of Child and Family Services
4220 South Maryland Parkway, Building B, Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 486-7633


DISCLAIMER: The state laws and policies outlined above are offered to readers only for general information and do not constitute legal advice. Furthermore, the state laws were accurate at the time of compilation, but Building Your Family cannot guarantee that there have been no subsequent changes or revisions to the laws. Please do not rely on the information above without first consulting an adoption attorney licensed in your state. Compiled in April 2011.

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