Become An Adoptive Parent – FAQs
- What is the process to become an adoptive parent?
This process will include interviews with a social worker, submission of various required documents such as, fingerprint clearances, and a home inspection. Following completion of a home study, a profile will be created for matching you to an adoptive child (based on your preferences regarding an adoptive child). Once an adoptive match is identified, the child/ children will be placed in your home for fost/adopt care, leading towards finalization of the adoption.
- How much does it cost?
Adoption through the foster care system is free, as costs will be reimbursed at the time of adoption or through adoption tax credits.
- Who is allowed to adopt? Are there any restrictions?
Adoption is open to single persons, married couples, or unmarried partners who have been in a long-term committed relationship. Issues such as income, health, and legal history will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Will I have time to get to know the child before the adoption occurs? Will I be informed of any special needs/ disabilities?
The child/ children will be residing in your home for at least six months before the adoption occurs. This allows time for establishing a “good fit” with your family. Prior to an adoption all known information about the child is to be shared with prospective adoptive parents.
- How long will it take before I am matched to a prospective adoptive child?
The time required is dependent upon the current number of children freed for adoption/ slated to be freed for adoption and also will be based upon what characteristics you are seeking in terms of an adoptive child. Openness to sibling groups, older children, or some level of specialized needs will equate to a shorter wait time to be matched to a child.
- I have heard that members of their biological family can “take them away” after they are adopted. Is this true?
Once the adoption of a child is finalized, all parental rights have been irrevocably severed. This results in an elimination of any possibility of biological family intervening and attempting to take/regain custody (including biological parents).
- What support is available after the adoption is finalized?
Upon completion of the adoption, continued financial assistance is available through the AAP program. This assistance will continue until the child/ children are 18 years old. In addition, Medi-Cal benefits will continue to be available until they are 21 years old.