In Utah, adoption services are available through licensed agencies or private attorneys. While the services vary, agencies usually provide free counseling and education about adoption. The agencies evaluate the adoptive parents to ensure that they have a stable family and that they are able to raise a child. In some cases, they allow the birth parents to interview or choose an
adoptive family based on factors that are important to them.
Private attorneys are another avenue for adoption, because they may have clients who want to adopt. With this option, the adoptive family may be able to pay the attorney fees.
If a birth mother identifies an adoptive family and wants to initiate a private adoption, she must go through an agency or attorney for it to be legally valid. With each option, it may be possible, if desired, to have contact with the child and the adoptive parents.
Financial help may be available for pregnancy-related expenses, including health costs associated with prenatal care, childbirth, newborn care, and living expenses. The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) can provide financial assistance for up to 12 months to qualifying women who participate in school or training programs, and who place their babies for adoption. A list of DWS offices and contact information can be found starting on page 21.
Placing a child for adoption can be a difficult decision to make and it maybe helpful to get counseling.
The following pages contain a comprehensive list of adoption services, including directions on how to find agencies or private attorneys whose practice includes adoption.
Private adoption agencies and attorneys whose practice includes adoption
A list of licensed adoption agencies and child placing agencies in Utah can be found on the Department of Human Services website at http://hslic.utah.gov/services/adoption-agencies/.
To find an attorney who specializes in adoption law, call the Utah Bar at 801-531-9077 or visit https://www.licensedlawyer.org/.
Agencies offering services to assist a woman through pregnancy by local health district
The following agencies, listed by local health district, have a variety of services available to assist a woman through pregnancy, at childbirth, and while the child is dependent on parental care. The map below shows the location of each local health district.
Availability of medical assistance benefits for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care
Financial assistance for prenatal and obstetric care may be available from several sources. This includes private insurance, public funding for poor and near-poor women through Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act) and other sources, such as private charity care. Also available are prenatal and postnatal food and nutrition education services through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Financial assistance programs are also available to help meet the child’s medical needs.
The Baby Your Baby Hotline is available with additional information by calling1-800-826-9662, or visiting babyyourbaby.org. The Baby Your Baby Hotline is a statewide toll-free resource and referral service that provides information on how to obtain financial assistance and where to go for prenatal and child health care. Referrals are also made for other prenatal or postnatal services such as adoption services and parenting education. All calls to the Hotline are confidential.
Agencies offering services to assist a woman through pregnancy (listed alphabetically)
The following agencies have a variety of services available to assist a woman through pregnancy, at childbirth, and while the child is dependent. Some agencies may not be available in all areas of the state, but appropriate referrals can be made.
The Information and Referral Center, a service of the United Way, can also provide referrals to resources in your area. Dial 211 or visit http://www.uw.org/211.
Children’s Service Society (parenting program, counseling, adoption services)
124 South 400 East Suite 400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
801-355-7444 or 800-839-7444
LDS Social Services
Legal Aid Society (fee based on ability to pay)
(Information on effects of medication, drugs, or environmental factors during pregnancy)
Right To Life
2390 West 450 South #8
Springville, Utah 84663
Utah Department of Human Services, Child & Family Services
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
To find the Department of Human services location nearest to you, go to hs.utah.gov/locations/ and enter your zip code.
Utah Department of Workforce Services
(financial assistance for medical care)
For information on how to apply for Medicaid, go to: https://medicaid.utah.gov/apply-medicaid.
To apply for Medicaid, go to: https://jobs.utah.gov/mycase/.
To find the Department of Workforce services location nearest to you, go to: http://jobs.utah.gov/ and enter your zip code.
Utah Office of Recovery Services (child support)
515 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)
(supplemental food and nutrition education)
See local listings starting on page 20
Utah Women’s Health Center (pregnancy testing, adoption services, counseling)
515 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Wasatch Women’s Center for Reproductive Health
(pregnancy testing, adoption services, counseling)
715 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107