Connect with your birth family
At the age of 18, individuals adopted through Loving Hearts Adoption Services or Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Adoption Services have the opportunity to learn about their family history. We can help you in this process by providing non-identifying information and emotional support.
Contact Our Team to Get Started
Speak with a compassionate Social Worker to begin the process of locating non-identifying information about your birth family, receive counseling and support, or discuss facilitating a reunion with your birth family. We can be reached by:
Non-Identifying Search Requests
Contact us for non-identifying information about the genetic, social, and medical history of your birth family. The adoptee can also fill out an application for the Nevada Adoption Reunion Registry through the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS). This entire service is offered at no charge.
Counseling and Support
Loving Hearts Adoption Services staff and Social Workers are available to provide children and adult adoptees with counseling and support. We can help adoptees process many important questions such as identity formation, birth family contact, and what it means to be an adoptee.
Birth Family Reunions
If a birth family and adoptee request a reunion, a Loving Hearts Adoption Services Social Worker can help facilitate the reunion meeting. Our staff can provide guidance with setting boundaries, asking appropriate questions, and help to guide the conversation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose adoption?Adoption is a compassionate parenting choice made with the best interest of the child in mind. You can give the gift of life and parenthood to a family excited to raise a child in a loving home. Loving Heart Adoption Services will also provide support during and following the placement process.
How much does adoption cost?For expectant mothers, there is no expense for placing a child. Assistance is available for costs related to living and medical expenses during pregnancy. Additional financial support is provided three months after the birth of the child.
Will I have contact with the child after adoption?When making your adoption plan, you choose the level of openness you have with the adoptive family and child after placement. This could include receiving pictures and letters, having regular visits, or no contact at all. You do have the option to make a Post Adoptive Contact Agreement before relinquishments are signed with a lawyer. We will empower you to make this decision. View our Adoption Plans to see the difference between an open, semi-open, and closed adoption.
Do I have the option to choose the family?You have the option to choose the adoptive family based on your preferred adoption plan. View our waiting families here.
How long is the adoption process for an expectant mother?On average, the adoption process takes 3-9 months before the baby is placed with the adoptive family. The process begins when you contact Loving Hearts Adoption Services and support continues throughout your life following adoption placement.
How is the birthfather involved in the adoption process?The rights of the birthfather are equal to that of the birthmother. Birthfathers are encouraged to be involved in the creation of a loving adoption plan. The termination of parental rights can be sought through legal means if the birthfather is known or unknown. All non-relative adoptions must have the parental rights of the birthmother, birthfather, and any legal father (birthmother’s husband) relinquished voluntarily or terminated involuntarily through court. Contact our team for more information by calling 702-385-3351, emailing, or using the chat box below.
Does an agency have to be involved with the adoption process?Agencies are required to facilitate adoptions in Nevada.
What if I am pregnant and underage?A Nevada birthparent is accorded all legal rights and responsibilities as an adult regarding his/her child. Minor birthparents do not need permission from their parents to make an adoption plan or sign legal documents pertaining to the child.
Are adoptions confidential?Yes, all adoptions are confidential for birthparents, adoptive parents, and adoptees and Loving Hearts Adoption Services maintains confidentiality for everyone involved. In the case of an open/semi-open adoption, you are able to choose how much information is shared with the adoptive family. Our compassionate team is always available to mediate meetings between both parties.
Who chooses the name of the baby?Although birth parents have the right to name the baby, adoptive families have the option to rename the baby. Sometimes, both birth and adoptive parents choose to name the baby together.
What if the adoption plan falls through?Depending on the chosen adoption plan, expectant parent(s) are able to select a first, second, and third choice for an adoptive family. If plans change for the first choice family, the second choice family will be notified and so on.
Can I complete my adoption placement process at Loving Hearts Adoption Services if I do not live in Nevada?Yes, Loving Hearts Adoption can facilitate your adoption plan even if you live outside of Nevada. But, you must work with an agency within your home state. Please contact us for more information.
“There is no doubt in my mind that my biological mother wanted only what was best for me and made the right choice…I have spoken to Loving Hearts Adoption Services several times since I have turned 18. Each and every time they provided me with total support, understanding, and guidance. The entire staff was welcoming and treated me like part of their family.”
“My biological mother made the difficult decision to secure my future with a family that was established. Best decision ever because my family is full of the most loving and supportive people.
I have not been able to make a connection with my biological family but the information I obtained tells my story and gives me a sense of who I am, where my ancestors came from and what my biological parents looked like.”
“When I was just a baby, I was placed for adoption. I was placed into a family with a very loving mother and father. I am proud to be an adopted child.”
“It's amazing; I went from a no-nameed nobody to being a Daughter of the American Revolution 4x over as well as a descendant of the founding families of Colonial America…More important, with Loving Hearts Adoption Services’ help, I was able to find and communicate with my three siblings listed on my Birth Certificate, as well as my Birthmother’s sister…I could not have moved forward in my search without their help; they helped me to unlock the gates. And for that…I will forever be grateful. Thank you for giving me my identity”
We are proud to be a certified Knee to Knee
Post Placement Care Agency!
Knee to Knee is a post placement care network by the Lifetime Healing Foundation dedicated to not only educating adoption professionals on the importance of lifetime resources and support for women that make the decision to place their child(ren) for adoption, but also to provide concrete tools to help them be successful when providing these services.
Through an established and tested national training we hope to bring a vital and mission piece of ethical adoption to the forefront and create a new standard in post-placement care.
Learn more about this curriculum program here.