Foster Adoption Overview: How to Adopt a Child from Foster Care


Would you like to adopt a child from foster care? Learn about the foster adoption process and how to adopt a child who needs a permanent home.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Explaining to Our Child That We Can’t Adopt Her Foster Sister

Ask AF: Explaining to Our Child That We Can’t Adopt Her Foster Sister

“We just found out that we won’t be able to adopt the child we’ve been fostering. How do we tell the child, and explain to our older daughter?”

Female hands, writing blogs on adoption or infertility

Online Adoption Resources for Prospective Parents

Our recommendations for online adoption resources — from government sites to attorney directories — selected by the editors of Adoptive Families magazine.

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"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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Webinar Replay – Parenting the Hurt Child

View the replay of the “Parenting the Hurt Child” webinar. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, guides parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

A family in court on their 10-year-old son's adoption day from foster care.

“My 10-Year-Old Nephew’s Adoption Day”

Seventeen of us crowded into the court as witnesses to my nephew’s finalization, bringing an end to 10 years spent in foster care—10 years of waiting for this day.

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A happy family in the midst of the foster adopt process

The Steps to Fost/Adopt

The fees are minimal to non-existent, wait times can be shorter than in private or international adoption, and there are many younger children, toddlers, and even infants available for adoption. In many cases, subsidies are available for the childs living expenses and healthcare, even after the adoption is completed.

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