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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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