How to Adopt Through the Foster Care System

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

We have two resource lists that will provide additional assistance no matter where you are in the adoption process:

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.


If a title is currently unavailable through Focus on the Family, we encourage you to use another retailer.

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

The Whole Life Adoption Book

Adoption & Foster Care (resource list)

Fostering or Adopting Children From Difficult Backgrounds (resource list)


Focus on the Family’s® Foster Care and Adoption Program: Wait No More®

Adoptive Families

Lifesong for Orphans

The Adoption Journey (includes lists of books, broadcasts, articles and referrals)


Attachment and Bonding

Adoption From Foster Care

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