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Adoption, maybe silly question?

My husband and I have have 5 kids, two grandkids. Three of the kids will be grown and moved out next year. We are looking at adopting a child through social services. Can you adopt a child via another states social services or do you have to be in the same state?


Asked by gemgem at 9:39 AM on Jun. 20, 2011 in Adoption

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  • We are actually in the homestretch of finalizing the adoption of our child that was from another state... We searched and inquired and submitted our home study for an average of 5 kids a week, took 1 1/2 years to get matched... You really need to check on state laws of the states you are interested in, each states laws vary. Plus most states require an interstate compact after you are matched, an agreement between your state and the childs state, before the child can come home with you. You also have to take traveling into consideration, most states will require pre adoptive visits for you to begin bonding before they let you bring the child home...

    You also need to see if your Local socisl services wil allow you to submit your home study for an out of state child, some will not, they consider that their property. Plus some states will not accept it from you, only from a caseworker. Outta room, good luck!!

    Answer by TiffyTaffy79 at 11:25 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • i'm not sure how they run state-to-state policy/requirements. i do know when adopting/fostering through state programs there are various 'requirements' or steps, in order to get to the adoption-point. your best bet would be to contact your state's DHS, and go from there.
    any reason you would choose a different state than your own?

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:50 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Thanks.
    We are looking for a certain age range and the state we are in does not have hardly any children that would fit the age range were looking into. We dont want infants or toddlers.

    Comment by gemgem (original poster) at 2:31 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

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