What Is the Process for Adopting Foster Kids?


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The process for adopting foster kids begins with prospective parents contacting a local child welfare agency, according to AdoptUSKids.org, an agency of the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Next, prospective parents attend an orientation meeting and complete pre-service training and an application. An adoption home study is the final step before approval to adopt a foster child.

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During orientation meetings, prospective parents learn the process of adopting a foster child, their roles as adoptive parents and information about the challenges of adopting through the foster care system, according to AdoptUSKids.org. These sessions help prospective parents decide whether or not to proceed with adoption.

Pre-service training varies by state, but 20 U.S. states and 20 countries offer training that follows the Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education curriculum, according to About.com. PRIDE teaches parents to help children overcome developmental problems and to meet the needs of their adopted child, such as the need to feel nurtured and safe. Other PRIDE competencies include teaching children to build relationships with the birth family and to build other life-long connections.

As part of the process, adoptive parents supply letters of reference and income verification and submit to local, state and federal criminal background checks, according to AdoptUSKids.org.

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