The Adoption Process
Adoption through the Special Needs Adoption Program is easier than most people think. The process of preparing a family takes about six months. The steps to adoption are as follows:
Inquiry - To express your interest in becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent, call your local protection and permanency (P and P) office to find out when the next informational meeting about becoming a foster/adoptive parent will be held. To find the P and P office nearest you, click here.
Orientation - Attend an informational meeting to learn more about the philosophy of the Department for Community Based Services, the children available for placement and the process of our adoption and foster care program.
Preparation - Attend a series of 10 meetings (typically one night a week for three hours) that will help you understand the needs of the children and develop an understanding of how to meet those needs.
Family profile - While attending preparation meetings, you will be asked to complete some forms for background checks, medical history, and you will have to have fingerprinting performed at your regional office as part of your background check.
Family Consultations - A social worker, called a Recruitment and Certification (R&C) worker will come to your home to interview all members of your household. This provides an opportunity for you to get to know one another.
Approval - Once you have completed the above steps you will be ready to increase the size of your family. The agency is not obligated to approve or place a child with any family.
Selection - Once you express interest in parenting a particular child to SNAP staff or your R and C worker, you will get the opportunity to learn more about the child after the child's worker has reviewed your home study and has had a chance to talk with your R and C worker. Families are not required to accept a child for placement.
Placement - When all parties are in agreement that placement should be considered, regular visits will be scheduled, giving you and the child the opportunity to learn about each other.