What is Adoption?
What is adoption?
- A permanent, legal transfer of all parental rights and responsibilities from one family to another.
- Adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children were born to them.
- It is the first step in a lifelong commitment to sharing your life with a child.
Who are these children?
- Children who could not be returned to their families due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or other hardship.
- Children can come from all races and backgrounds; may be babies, children or teens; and could be part of a sibling group that needs to be kept together.
- Some may have physical, developmental, emotional, and/or behavioral issues that need special attention.
- Many have experienced extreme trauma and deprivation.
What are the requirements to adopt?
- At least 18 years of age.
- Sufficient income to meet your own basic needs.
- Good physical, emotional and mental health.
- Single or part of a couple, homosexual or heterosexual, who have maintained a stable relationship for at least one year.
- There are no educational or religious requirements and home ownership is not necessary.
Is financial assistance available?
- Subsidies are available for families adopting children with special needs because of age, race, and disabilities; medical or emotional conditions; or they are part of a sibling group.
What is the next step to begin the adoption approval process?
- 36 hours of Pre-Service training, consisting of 12, three-hour sessions
- During this training, you'll receive information on the rest of the process, including the home study, background checks, and more.
Steps to Adoption