When children in state care are unable to return home due to safety concerns, and reunification with their biological family is not possible because the safety concerns are not remedied, children in the state foster system become eligible for adoption. It is absolutely critical to the future of these children that they have forever families to love them, and that they do not grow up without having a place of belonging.
The children in state care whose parental rights have been severed have already experienced significant trauma. They do not need any more uncertainty - staying in multiple foster or group homes and not having anyone or anything constant or stable in their lives. They need healing and hope - they need a loving, forever family.
WHO CAN ADOPT?
If you are interested in adopting a child out of the state foster care system, you should know how desperately you are wanted and needed by thousands of children who are praying someone will want them. Adoption does not require marriage or home ownership. You must be 21 or older, a legal U.S. and state resident, pass a criminal background check, a home safety study, and supply references to the court. You are not required to be a foster parent first when adopting a child from the state foster care system.
The courts will need to certify that you meet the requirements to adopt a child from the foster care system. There is a written application, adoption orientation and training, and a background check. Would you like more information on next steps in the process? We'll send it to you!