Whether you are considering adopting a baby in Myrtle Beach or giving a baby up for adoption in Myrtle Beach, you will have an at-times complicated path ahead of you. There are many South Carolina adoption laws to know, and you will need the assistance of several Myrtle Beach adoption professionals to complete every step of your adoption journey.
Fortunately, when you contact the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, we can not only serve as the adoptive family’s adoption attorney in Myrtle Beach but also as your adoption counselor and case manager every step of the way. We know how complex adoption in Myrtle Beach can be, which is why we are here to make the process as easy as possible for you. We will help you obtain all the services you need to complete your Myrtle Beach adoption, including referring you to additional local providers for any services we do not offer in-house.
While our law firm’s offices are located in Spartanburg and Charleston, our professionals can work throughout the state. When you first contact us, we will set up either an in-person meeting or conference call to discuss your personal adoption needs and goals, as well as answer any questions you may have. When you are ready to move forward with your adoption in Myrtle Beach, we will guide you through every step.
Below, you’ll find some important information to know about both sides of the adoption process in South Carolina.
Adopting a Baby in Myrtle Beach
Adoption is a beautiful way to add a child to your family, whether you’re interested in private domestic infant adoption or foster care adoption. If you wish to adopt a baby in Myrtle Beach, our adoption professionals can guide you through the legal and practical aspects of this family-building process.
Our attorney Jim Thompson can serve as your adoption lawyer in Myrtle Beach. This means he will explain all the applicable adoption laws in Myrtle Beach (which are the same throughout the state of South Carolina), the legal process ahead of you and how he will guide you through it. You cannot adopt a baby in Myrtle Beach without the help of a licensed attorney. Jim Thompson will also help arrange an adoption finalization hearing at your local family court and prepare you for this legal hearing. After this, your child will officially and legally be a member of your family.
As part of our services, our adoption counselors can guide you through the process of adopting a baby in Myrtle Beach — from finding a prospective birth mother to maintaining open adoption communication with her to preparing for the hospital experience. For all the services our trained social workers cannot provide, we will refer you to local adoption professionals. For example, this could include a Myrtle Beach home study provider or a foster care adoption agency in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
For more information about adopting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., or to receive references to trusted local adoption professionals, please contact our law offices today. If you are interested in adopting an older child from foster care, we encourage you to reach out to the regional adoption Department of Social Services office at:
Region IV Division of Adoption Services
181 East Evans St.
Florence Business and Technology Center-112
Florence, SC 29506
Attorney Jim Thompson can also serve as your adoption attorney when you finalize a foster care adoption in Myrtle Beach.
Giving a Baby Up for Adoption in Myrtle Beach
Choosing to place a child for adoption in Myrtle Beach is a big decision, and you are never obligated to choose adoption until you are confident it is the right choice for you. Our trained adoption counselors are here to help you learn more about the process and, when you’re ready, start the journey of putting your child up for adoption in South Carolina.
When you first contact our adoption professionals, you will receive free, confidential options counseling to help you determine which path is best for you moving forward. If you decide to place your baby for adoption in Myrtle Beach, our trained social workers will help you create a personalized adoption plan for you and your baby. This plan will include the kind of family you wish to adopt your baby, what kind of post-placement contact you want with them, your wishes for your hospital delivery and more.
As part of this plan, we will help you find appropriate medical professionals that fit your needs. Some of these professionals are listed below; they will always respect your adoption decision and provide the support you need.
Hospitals in Myrtle Beach:
- Grand Strand Medical Center: 843-692-1840
OBGYNs in Myrtle Beach:
- Magnolia OBGYN: 843-449-5848
Pregnancy Centers in Myrtle Beach:
- Coastline Women’s Center: 843-236-0350
You will always have the final decision in which medical professional you wish to use for your prenatal care and delivery.
Our attorney Jim Thompson can also represent your interests during the adoption process. He will explain your rights as a prospective birth mother and, when you are ready, help you complete your adoption consent after your baby is born. All of these services will be completely free to you as an expectant mother considering adoption, and you may even be eligible for financial assistance for your living expenses.
It is critically important that you fully understand the process of adoption in Myrtle Beach before deciding it is right for you. Remember, adoption is not “giving up,” but giving your child the chance at a life they may not have with you. We will always honor your right to free, objective information about all of your unplanned pregnancy options and your right to free adoption- and pregnancy-related services. Should you choose to give a baby up for adoption in South Carolina, we will make the steps of the process as easy as possible for you.
To learn more about placing a baby for adoption in Myrtle Beach, S.C., please contact our adoption counselors at 864-680-8038.