Adopting Children From Foster Care

Adopting Children From Foster Care

As you start considering adoption from foster care as a way to build or expand your family, a variety of information and support resources is available to you. Older youth in foster care are often available for adoption and connecting them with a permanent family can provide a sense of stability and guidance that would otherwise be lacking. This page provides an overview of the various stages of the adoption process through selected materials and links to State-specific information.

About Adoption From Foster Care AdoptUsKids (2020) Provides a general overview of adoption from foster care, including links to short, interactive modules to assist in the decision; information on trauma; adoption assistance; and real families’ stories.

Adopting Older Kids  A Family for Every Child (2018)  Discusses adopting older children from foster care and how adults should prepare for bringing home an older child. 

Foster Care Adoption Creating a Family (2018) Offers information about foster care adoption, including an interview with a mother who adopted from foster care. This web section also provides blogs, suggested books, and other resources.

How to Adopt North American Council on Adoptable Children (2020) Assists prospective adoptive parents in making an informed decision about fostering or adopting a child from the U.S. foster care system and outlines the path to a successful adoption.

State Guides and Manuals Search Child Welfare Information Gateway Lists State publications about adoption that are written for foster, adoptive, and prospective adoptive parents.

What Are the Requirements to Adopt a Child From Foster Care? U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2019)  Reviews requirements for adopting children from foster care, which can vary from State to State in accordance with State laws and policies. The website also links to resources for more information on who may adopt and home study requirements. 

Who Can Adopt and Foster? AdoptUsKids (2020) Illustrates the basic characteristics of good foster or adoptive parents and includes a link to an interactive map of State foster care and adoption eligibility criteria.

A List of Photolists of Children Waiting for Adoption Heart Gallery of America (2020) Features a comprehensive list of providers and photolisting resources for all States. 

National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search Child Welfare Information Gateway Provides contact information for public adoption agencies by State.

Search AdoptUsKids Photolisting Gives access to the only national database of thousands of children available for adoption.

Postadoption Resources AdoptUsKids Provides an overview of the services that are available to families after adoption.