Considering Adoption

Key Factors and Characteristics of Successful Resource Parents Who Care for Older Youth: A Systematic Review of Research

From the Summer 2017 issue of Adoptalk. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.   Tamarie and Angelique wrote this article as part of their work on CORE: Teen, a federally funded project to develop training for current and prospective resource parents of children who are older and who have more substantial needs. In this… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Considering Adoption, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Recruiting Families, Supporting Families

Steps to Adoption

Considering Adoption? Review the steps to adoption and determine if adoption is right for your family. Each step in the adoption process helps prepare you to nurture and support the child that you bring into your family. While the adoption placement process can be time consuming, it is necessary for ensuring the safety and well-being… Read more

Categories: Considering Adoption, Learn About Adoption

Read While You Wait for Placement

After you’ve been approved to adopt or foster, it can take some time until a child is placed with you. During that time, it can help to stay active in the adoption and foster care community and build your knowledge and readiness to parent a child who has experienced trauma and loss. Below are a… Read more

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The frequently asked questions (FAQ) section is organized into four categories: Pre-placement concerns Siblings Financial issues Geography Pre-Placement Concerns   I saw a child on the Internet I’d like to adopt. What should I do next? Before you can adopt any child, you must go through the orientation, training, and home study process. If you… Read more

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Adoption Definitions

Abandonment When a parent does not physically, emotionally, or financially support his or her child. A signed relinquishment or surrender of parental rights constitutes legal abandonment. Abuse Harm inflicted on a person through physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual means; may cause victim to develop emotional or behavioral problems, some of which may not appear until… Read more

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Step 6: Adopt

Bring Your Child Home Children who are placed for adoption through public agencies may move in with an adoptive family as soon as the parents complete required pre-placement visits and are approved to adopt—provided the timing is not unnecessarily disruptive to the child’s schooling or other activities. When a new child is placed in your… Read more

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Step 5: Learn More About the Child

When you are considering a particular child for adoption placement, there’s a lot you should learn to help you make an informed decision. Below are the types of information you should ask about, but keep in mind that much of the information won’t be shared until you are very seriously considering a particular child for… Read more

Categories: Considering Adoption, Learn More About the Child, Placement Process

Step 4: Engage in the Placement Process

Begin the Search If you adopt through an agency, ask how the agency will conduct a search. What criteria do they use to match children with families? Are they willing to search outside your immediate area for a child or youth? If you become interested in a child or youth from another state, will the… Read more

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Step 3: Prepare for Adoption

  Decide the Type of Adoption to Pursue Even if you have already decided to adopt a child from foster care, you must still make a number of choices about your adoption. Most importantly, you need to decide what type of child you are able to parent: What disabilities and challenges (physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral)… Read more

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Step 2: Explore Adoption

  Gather Information About Adoption Begin the process by learning about adoption so you can determine if adoption is right for your family. While the process can be time consuming, it is necessary for ensuring the safety and well being of children. The steps in the process help prepare you to nurture and support the… Read more

Categories: Considering Adoption, Explore Adoption, Learn About Adoption

Step 1: Learn About Adoption

Consider the Types of Adoption The requirements, costs, and timing vary between and within the different types of adoption. There are four basic types of adoption (other than step-parent adoption): Adoption from foster care Domestic private adoption International adoption Independent adoption Adoption from Foster Care An adoption of a child in the custody of the state… Read more

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Kinship adoption

Nine Qualities of Successful Foster and Adoptive Parents

The following nine qualities (which have been adapted from the work of Linda Katz) are often found in many successful foster and adoptive parents. Sometimes professionals look for these characteristics when they recruit prospective parents. Take the time to note the qualities that you may already have and learn why they are important. Then, strive… Read more

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Mom and daughter

Developing the Characteristics of Successful Foster or Adoptive Parents

More than any thing, children in foster care need parents who are willing to accept them as they are, and to help them heal so they can reach their potential. As a prospective foster and adoptive parent, you are ready and willing to make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. One… Read more

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Becoming Your Own Advocate: Learning to be Assertive

Assertive people know who they are, what their values are, and how to ask for and work for what they want. As you start the process of becoming a foster, adoptive, or resource parent, you begin your journey of becoming an advocate for yourself and the children you will parent. Before you start, it will… Read more

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Four teenage kids

Tips from Preteens and Teens

    A Young Person’s Perspective As you wait, think about the children and youth who will become part of your family. Think about how your family will feel to them and how you can make a possibly difficult transition easier by keeping an open mind and planning how you will take them in. As… Read more

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Mom and her child on a street of Montreal

Considering Concurrent Planning: Is It Right for You?

Concurrent planning makes a promise to a child: When you enter foster care you will be placed with only one family and that family will see you through reunification with your family, or if reunification is not safe or possible, the foster family will adopt you. It’s can be hard on the parents but it’s… Read more

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A thoughtful teenage girl

Expanding Your View: Shortening Your Wait

Why Some Parents Wait Longer As a prospective foster or adoptive parent, you may feel frustrated waiting for a child placement, especially when you hear ads recruiting new foster or adoptive parents and you have been approved for a long time. One of the reasons why parents wait so long is they are waiting for… Read more

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How to Adopt

In the US, more than 100,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted. In Canada, thousands of children are waiting. Much like so many other children—they love to play, they have friends and siblings and pets, they both succeed and struggle in school. Most importantly, they need a family of their own. If… Read more

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