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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 of children.

Please note that each state, province, and country has laws that specify who is eligible to adopt and who can be adopted and the process can be a little bit different for each.

Step 1: Learn About Adoption

  • Consider the Types of Adoption
  • Think About How to Pay for Adoption

Step 2: Explore Adoption

  • Learn About Adoption
  • Complete a Self-Assessment

Step 3: Prepare for Adoption

  • Decide What Type of Adoption You Want to Pursue
  • Research Adoption Agencies
  • Select an Adoption Agency
  • Complete an Adoption Application
  • Attend Adoption and Parenting Classes
  • Begin the Home Study Process

Step 4: Engage in the Placement Process

  • Begin Searching for a Child
  • Select a Child or Sibling Group to Bring into Your Family
  • Prepare for Your Child’s Arrival

Step 5: Learn More About the Child


Step 6: Adopt

  • Bring Your Child Home
  • File a Petition to Adopt
  • Finalize the Adoption
  • Find Post-Adoption Supports

Our Mission

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family.


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