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Adoption

Adoptive families change a foster child's life forever by providing a permanent and loving home that most of these children have never known. Children waiting for adoption can be any age, but most are between 5 and 17. They live in temporary foster homes or group homes. Most of have been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. Parental rights have been terminated and they are wards of the state until they are adopted or until they "age out" of the system at 18. Many have physical, emotional or intellectual disabilities. They each have wonderful strengths that they are eager to share with their forever families.

Who Can Adopt

Individuals who are willing to support a special child by offering a safe, loving home. Adoptive parents can be married or single, with or without children.

Steps To Becoming An Adoptive Parent

1. Open House:  Attend an orientation for individuals interested in adopting. Click HERE for orientation sessions. 

2. Pre-Service Training:  Attend pre-service training classes.  During this class, you will be introduced to the child welfare system and learn how to care for your adoptive child. Completion of the training classes does not guarantee approval for adoption.

3. Home Study:  While attending the pre-service training class, you will complete the other adoptive parenting requirements, including a home study and a background check.

4. Match: Once your homestudy has been approved, you can click HERE to view information on children available for adoption in Broward.  Attend recruitment activities, especially the matching events where you can meet the children. Once you've identified a child or sibling group with whom you have an interest, notify your counselor for more information.

5. Placement: After a child is placed in your home, a counselor must make monthly visits to assess the child's adjustment. The supervision period lasts a minimum of 90 days and ends when the counselor provides a "consent to adopt" to your attorney.

6. Finalization: Your attorney will schedule a hearing before a judge. At this hearing, the adoption will be legalized and the child will legally become a part of your family.

 

For more information, please call the Adoption Recruitment Hotline for Broward County at (954) 414-6001.

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