Can you provide my spouse and me with any guidance or resource suggestions as we consider adopting a child through the foster care system?
We're encouraged to learn of your interest in adoption. Currently there are approximately 100,000 children in the United States waiting for permanent adoptive families. In each instance, parental rights have been terminated, which means that the only "parent" the child has is the state where they live.
So to adopt from foster care, it's necessary to work through a licensed placing agency. After selecting an agency, you'll complete an application, have a background check, and undergo a home study (conducted by the agency). For more specific information, access your state's website through waitnomore.org/state-requirements.
We have two resource lists that will provide additional assistance no matter where you are in the adoption process:
- Fostering or Adopting Children From Difficult Backgrounds
- Adoption & Foster Care (We'd strongly recommend David Sanford's Handbook on Thriving As an Adoptive Family.)
And you can visit our Wait No More® Foster Care and Adoption Program site 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.
Adoption & Foster Care (resource list)
Fostering or Adopting Children From Difficult Backgrounds (resource list)