Each state maintains its own adoption policies, so the process can vary considerably for families in different states. As a Wyoming resident, you'll want to work with an adoption agency or adoption attorney who is very familiar with Wyoming adoption laws and policies. Below, you'll find adoption agencies and adoption lawyers offering services to Wyoming families. Scroll past the listings to learn all about the legal guidelines for families adopting in Wyoming whether you’re adopting a newborn through domestic adoption, an infant or older child from U.S. foster care adoption, or a child through international adoption.
WYOMING ADOPTION LAWS & STATUTES
Who Can Adopt in Wyoming?
Individuals who are deemed competent and have lived in Wyoming for a minimum of 60 days.
Can LGBT families adopt? Yes, same-sex couples can petition for joint adoption.
Domestic Adoption Laws in Wyoming
Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents? Yes.
Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption? No.
Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary? Not addressed in state statutes.
What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period? Not addressed in state statutes.
Is there a putative father registry? Yes.
When can consent to adoption be granted? Any time 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? Not addressed in state statutes.
International Adoption Laws in Wyoming
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 of Vital Records will issue a U.S. birth certificate upon request by the court, the adopting parents, or the adopted person and upon receipt of the adoption decree.
Adoption From Foster Care in Wyoming
Are adoption subsidies available? When do they start and how long do they last? Yes, adoption subsidies are available for a special needs child who is legally free for adoption and in the custody and under financial responsibility of the state or licensed child-placing agency in the state. Attempts must have been made to place the child without adoption subsidies. A special needs child is defined as having at least one of the following: six years or older, member of a racial minority, member of a sibling group being placed together, ongoing physical or mental conditions, treatable physical, mental, or emotional conditions, has developed strong emotional ties to a foster family that needs assistance in adopting the child. Adoption subsidies begin at placement or at finalization for adopting foster families.
Where can I learn more about the process of adopting a child from foster care in Wyoming?
Wyoming Adoption Unit
Program Manager: Maureen Clifton130 Hobbs Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
Phone: (307) 777-3570
Fax: (307) 777-3693
[email protected] http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/social-services/adoption
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 Adoptive Families 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. Updated in November 2014.
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