Welcome Domestic Adoption Parents

The process of adopting a child can be a very overwhelming time in your life. Here at New Hope for Children, we will break down the daunting process of becoming “paper ready” into manageable steps working toward adoption day. 

Alisa Karwowski, Executive Director, intoducing her daughter to her birth mother.

Alisa Karwowski, Executive Director, intoducing her daughter to her birth mother.

New Hope for Children serves as your primary provider and will identify an infant/child for your referral. You can expect to have access to medical records for the birth mother and the baby. Most often, there will also be medical information on the birth father provided as well. You will also have access to social histories for both parents.

If your referral is from a different state than which you reside, New Hope will complete the ICPC, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, as apart of your adoption.

New Hope for Children is intent on spending a lot of time with expectant mothers prior to the birth, in an effort to ensure an adoption plan is the best decision for her and her child. We also work alongside mothers as they select an adoptive parent(s) for their child. There is often the opportunity for the expectant mother and adopting parents to meet and visit with one another more than once prior to the birth. 

Domestic Adoption Requirements


Each state of origin has different requirements for adopting parents. In the state of New Hampshire, a person over twenty-one can be eligible to petition for an adoption. A qualified person who is traditionally married, single,  or same sex may be eligible to adopt.


Domestic Adoption Fee

Prospective parents can expect the fee for a domestic adoption to be estimated at $17,000-$29,000. The range of expenses fluctuates dependent upon the legal fees paid on behalf of the birth parent(s), birth mother counseling, additional documentation for state compacts and travel to state of origin.

In the event of an interruption of an adoption plan that is not within the control of the adoptive parents, fees already paid will be applied to another adoption whenever circumstances allow.

You may be eligible for federal tax credits for some or all of your adoption fees. Tax credits can be as high as $13,400. Consult your tax professional to determine your eligibility.

New Hope Offers Necessary Training to Fulfill Domestic Program Requirements

We offer the following services to parents wishing to adopt domestically:

  • Pre-adoption home studies 
  • Post-adoption placement services, visits and reports
  • Ongoing counseling for adoptive parents and adoptive children
  • Pre-adoption training seminar outlined in He-C 6448.14 (8 Hrs)

New Hope for Children serves as the primary provider and Melissa Hanlon, Esq. serves as legal representation for either birth or adopting parents.

Training options:

  • Private in home training
  • Group training - Minimum 3 families

After completion of training, you will receive a certificate of completion from our agency.

For all questions, please email Tim Karwowski at adopt@newhopeforchildren.net.