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.

AdoptionWhat 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.

Steps to Family Adoption