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.

Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Webinar Replay – Parenting the Hurt Child

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.

Jaxon, whose parents decided on adopting a child from foster care

A Child to Love

The path to adopting a child for many involves becoming a foster parent first. Learn about the risks, rewards, and responsibilities of caring for children in the U.S. foster care system.

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A happy family, after choosing foster adoption

“Why We Chose Foster Adoption”

Foster adoption was right for these three families. Read their stories to find out why.

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Web Resources for Foster Adoption

Foster Adoption Resources

Adoptive Families supports a year-round focus on foster adoption. These web resources provide support and practical assistance for families.

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One woman describes her foster-to-adopt journey.

“Waiting for Joseph”

During the process to adopt from the foster system, we faced a series of delays. But, at the end, we found a love that was worth the wait.

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Foster mother Annie Kassof and her foster children

Safe Haven: Finding Homes for Children Through Foster Care

One mom opens her home — and heart — to foster children, and finds her passion.

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One mother describes her journey, adopting teenager from foster care.

“Adopting Teenagers From Foster Care”

"My boys were teens when I adopted them, but that doesn't mean they didn't need a mom. Even if I was only 25 at the time."

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A family after adopting infants through foster care

“Adopting Infants Through Foster Care”

"Adopting through foster care felt like a roller-coaster ride, but we knew that we were on the right path."

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Children adopted through the foster care system

Fostering Positive Perceptions

The number of children adopted from foster care has dropped in recent years — and a new survey finds that Americans believe many myths about the process. Here are the facts, and real-life stories, that could help find more kids permanent homes.

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