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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.
Some are older, or part of a sibling group that needs to be kept together.
Some may have physical, developmental delays, emotional and/or behavioral issues that need special attention.
Many have experienced extreme trauma and deprivation.
What are the requirements?
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Sufficient income to meet their own basic needs.
Good physical, emotional and mental health.
Single or part of a couple who have had a stable relationship for at least 1 year.
No educational or religious requirements and home ownership is not necessary.
Is financial assistance available?
Yes, subsidies are available for families adopting children with special needs because of age, race, and disabilities, medical or emotional conditions or being 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, 3-hour sessions
During this training the rest of the process (home study, background checks, etc.) will be explained.
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