Ask AF: Access to Foster Files

If you're considering foster adoption, make sure you have access to all relevant files before the adoption is finalized.

Q: We’ve been fostering a sibling group, but we can’t decide whether we’re prepared to adopt three children at once without knowing more about what their needs will be. What should we ask about?

 

A: Most states require parents considering an adoption from the foster system to be granted access to all available medical and social history information in the birth family’s file. Because it is rarely possible to access this file after an adoption, it is important to know the law in your state early on. Also, find out what financial supports, like adoption subsidies and Medicaid, would be available to your family. Your case worker should be able to advise you on these matters. The transition from a foster to an adoptive parent is a stressful journey, and often requires a leap of faith. I know this from personal experience, and I wish you the best!




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Adoption Agencies with U.S. Foster Adoption Programs

WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents)
Seattle, WA
U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Holt International Children’s Services
Eugene, OR
U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Building Blocks Adoption Service
Medina, OH
U.S. Newborn, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Children’s Home & Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Gladney Center for Adoption
Fort Worth, TX
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Bethany Christian Services
Grand Rapids, MI
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Open Door Adoption Agency, Inc.
Thomasville, GA
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Forever Families Through Adoption
Rye Brook, NY
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International
Caring for Kids, Inc.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster

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