How To Adopt - What is the Procedure?
Each prospective adoptive parent is required to take the state adoptive parent training; each state differs in hours and content. It prepares prospective adoptive parents to better understand a child who is adopted from foster care.
A home study is conducted by an adoption agency; it is a series of meetings between an adoption worker and prospective adoptive parents. The home study process varies from agency to agency. It best describes who you are now, what brings you to adoption, family photos, medical reports, financial records, background checks, home safety check, and what your family history is.
When the adoption home study has been completed, the search for a child begins.
Choosing an agency to complete your home study. You will want to find an agency that is licensed to complete home studies in the state that you reside. Learn more about choosing an agency...
Public agencies are state, county or government agencies, many times there is no cost to complete a home study, however the wait time to be assigned an adoption worker can vary (may take months or years). Once you are assigned an adoption worker again the process can take months to complete your home study.
Private agencies do have fees involved and every agency is different. The time frame for a private agency to complete a home study varies by agency but the average time is 3 - 6 months.
We at A Family For Every Child are one of Oregon Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) Agencies
The Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) of Oregon is facilitated by Boys & Girls Aid through a contract with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS). An adoption is usually considered “special needs” if the child is over six years old, part of a sibling group, has some physical, mental or emotional disabilities, or is part of an ethnic minority. SNAC is comprised of 14 private adoption agencies who work with DHS to locate potential adoptive families for foster children in state custody. The agencies each have their own fee structure.