How does foster care adoption work?

We have 4 kiddos 3 by birth and 1 originally from India.

When we started our first adoption we briefly looked into foster/adopt BUT when I called the local DCFS office they acted as if they had no clue what I was talking about. We moved on to international.

Where would one start? We actually have our foster license because we needed that in order to adopt from India.

How does it work? Can you tell them up front you want children who are eligible for adoption or do you always start fostering with no idea what the future holds?

THANKS so much for any help.


Asked by pjacademy at 2:12 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Adoption

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  • Look 4 a private agency. Start in the yellow pages. Call and ask about adoption from foster care. Thats what we did and we have 3 bio and 2 adopt and a new foster to adopt! If you are counting yes that is 6!!!

    Answer by redheadedmommie at 3:33 PM on Apr. 12, 2009

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  • In Colorado there is a foster to adopt program. My brother and his wife adopted their little boy that way.
    They were not intending to adopt a baby, but they knew his first foster parents and they fell in love with him. The first FP's were moving away, so my brother and sil went into foster care to adopt this little guy. They have not been foster parent before or since.

    Answer by Nathskitten at 2:25 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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  • In Texas, there is foster/adopt or adopt only thru CPS. We have friends that are adopt only, so that they would only be matched with those available for adoption. We did foster/adopt because we didn't want to wait as long. Good luck! :)

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 5:17 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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  • You start by going to the county's orientation. Then it is paperwork, references, interviews, home visits, background checks and classes. You can specify adoption only (legally free kids) but will likely wait longer and the kids that will be available will tend to be older/sibling groups/special needs. You can do fost-adopt and ask for low risk. Generally this means the bio parents are not coming to visits, not following their case plan, etc. so it is likely to go to adoption.

    Some people are frustrated with the wait to be matched, or how long it takes to finalize, but we had a great (and speedy) experience doing foster-to-adopt. has an e-booklet specifially on how to adopt from foster care. Books I recommend are Adopting the Hurt Child and Attaching in Adoption. Good luck!

    Answer by ForeverMom05 at 10:06 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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  • just call your county DCS office or go online to your states website.

    Answer by RentaMom at 9:55 AM on Apr. 10, 2009

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  • I called our DCFS office and they had NO clue how to even answer my questions :)

    Answer by pjacademy at 10:42 AM on Apr. 11, 2009

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  • We did a foster/adopt in WA state. When we chose the kids we would foster we knew they'd be the ones we would be adopting. Maybe not all states have that type of adoption.

    Answer by toomanypoodles at 5:36 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

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