Every Child Deserves a Forever Family
Learn about Adoption
Many of our children have behavioral challenges due to trauma they have experienced in their lives. It is important to show acceptance, patience and commitment as issues are addressed. Throughout the adoption process, though, you are not alone. We offer many supports for both children and parents.
Adoptive Parents Are:
- Married, single, divorced or widowed
- A home owner or renter
- With or without children of their own
- Age 21 or older
- Have income to meet household needs -- employed or not
- Committed to caring for children as a positive role model
- Adoptive parents must complete a 36-hour training session. It is free, and sessions are offered during evenings and weekends. If you are married or with a domestic partner, both parties must complete the training.
- Home study with a Home Assessor is required
- Must provide financial information and references
- Criminal background checks required for all adult household members
How Long Does It Take?
- Adoption home study takes approximately four to six months
- A youth must be placed in a home for a minimum of six months before the court will hold a hearing for finalization.
How Much Does It Cost?
Children Services imposes no fees for adoption services, but legal and court fees must be paid. These costs vary, but they can be well over $1,000. Assistance may be available to help if you qualify.
Taking the First Step:
- Reach out to our adoption/fostering information line. Call 224-KIDS (5437), then choose prompt #5 to reach a person with answers to get you started.
- Sign up for one of our three-hour informational meetings on adoption and foster care