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How to Adopt
There are several steps to adopting from U.S. foster care. The first step is deciding you want to pursue adoption and contacting an adoption agency. It usually takes about a year from the time you first contact an agency to the time when a child is placed with you. This estimate can vary depending on the agency you’re working with and the State where you live.
View the pages in this section of the website to learn more about the adoption process, including completing a home study, being matched with a child, and legalizing an adoption. If you aren’t sure you’re ready for adoption, you can also find out how to foster or contact us.
Deciding to Pursue Adoption
Deciding to pursue adoption from U.S. foster care is the first step and where you will contact a local adoption agency and attend an orientation meeting.
Applying to Adopt
Applying to adopt is the step where you will complete required training and your application to adopt.
Completing an Adoption Home Study
Completing a home study involves meeting with your caseworker in your home to determine if you’re ready to adopt.
Getting Approved to Adopt
Getting approved to adopt includes getting background checks done and ensuring that your home study is completed.
Envisioning Your Family
An important step in the journey to adoption is taking time to reflect on the characteristics of the child or children you hope to adopt.
Being Matched with a Child
During this step in the process, the needs of a child or sibling group are matched with your family.
Receiving an Adoptive Placement
Receiving and preparing for an adoptive placement happens after a potential adoptive match is indentified and agreed upon by you, your caseworker, and a child’s caseworker.
Legalizing an Adoption
Legalizing an adoption is the final step that is a judicial proceeding usually about six months to a year after a child is placed with you.