How to Adopt Through the Foster Care System

We're encouraged to learn of your interest in adoption. Currently there are approximately 100,000 young people in the United States waiting for permanent adoptive families. In each instance, parental rights have been terminated, so the only "parent" the child has is the state in which they live. For this reason, to adopt from foster care, it's necessary to work through a licensed placing agency.

After selecting an agency, an individual will complete an application, have a background check, and undergo a home study (conducted by the agency). For additional details, please take a few minutes to access your state's website through the link on our site at This page will direct you to more specific information on adoption in your state and help answer many of your questions.

Finally, below you'll find links to a couple of resource lists that we trust will provide additional assistance regardless of where you are in the adoption process. We'd strongly recommend David Sanford's Handbook on Thriving As an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges. This can be ordered through our Online Store. We'd encourage you to visit our Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative™ website from time to time to stay current on matters related to adoption.

If you'd like to discuss your plans with a member of our staff, feel free to call Focus on the Family's Counseling department.


Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges

The Whole Life Adoption Book

Bringing New Hope to Kids Through Adoption

Helping Adoptive Families Thrive

Love and Loss in Foster Care: Embracing the Fear, Heartache and Joy in the Uncertain Journey of Foster Care and Adoption

Fostering or Adopting Children From Difficult Backgrounds (resource list)


Lifesong for Orphans

Adoptive Families

Foster Care Adoption

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