The path to adopting a foster child or youth starts with becoming an approved foster family (also known as a Resource Family).
Adoptive parents first follow the same steps as foster parents who offer temporary care for foster children, then follow some additional steps.
Foster-adopt parents can request caring only for children who are likely to be legally authorized for adoption. However, foster-adopt parents must be willing to care for a child who the court could reunite with the birth family or an adult the child already knows.
The Superior Court decides if a child can be legally adopted and only after the birth parents legally give up parental rights. It's a process that can take some time. During that process, even after a child is in the foster-adopt family's care, the child’s legal circumstances could change.
The Additional Steps to Adoption
- Talk with FYC staff about talking with an adoption specialist. At the meeting, the foster-adopt parent(s) can discuss preferences about a child or youth's gender and age, the parent’s personal strengths, the family's make-up and home situation and other issues.
- When the foster parent is ready, the adoption specialist guides her or him through the process of a legal Adoptive Placement.
- After the Adoptive Placement is complete, the child will move to the foster parent's home.
- FYC staff will provide supervision, services and support to help the family and child adjust to the new living situation.
- Final legal adoption is completed through court proceedings, which are also a time of celebration for the newly formed family.