- Adoption FAQs
Frequently asked questions about adoption courtesy of DSS.
- Child Adoption Laws
Adoption laws for the state of California.
- Directory of Public and Private Licensed Foster Care Agencies.
- Find an Agency
Search for public and private adoption agencies in California, courtesy of CA Kids Connection.
- Foster and Adoptive Agencies: Counties A-P
A list of public and private foster care and adoption agencies in counties that begin with letters A-P.
- Foster and Adoptive Agencies: Counties R-Z
A list of public and private foster care and adoption agencies in counties that begin with letters R-Z.
- LGBT Adoption Laws
LGBT adoption laws in California.
- Pre-Service Training Information
Contact your county DSS office for more information on PRIDE pre-service training.
- Public and Private Agency Search
Public and private foster care adoption agencies in California.
- Adoption Information
Adoption Information by state
- Understanding California Adoption Laws and Policies
An overview of adoption laws
- DSS Adoption Services
DSS provides an overview of adoption services
- Home Study Requirements (See bottom of page for providers)
Information on the Home study program and requirements
Searching for Children
- Heart Gallery of Kern County
Heart Gallery featuring waiting children in Kern County.
- Heart Gallery of Los Angeles
Heart Gallery featuring waiting children in Los Angeles.
- Heart Gallery of Orange County
Heart Gallery featuring waiting children in Orange County.
- Heart Gallery of Riverside County
Heart Gallery featuring children in Reverside County.
- Heart Gallery of Sacramento County
Heart Gallery featuring waiting children in Sacramento County.
- Heart Gallery of San Benardino County
Heart Gallery featuring waiting children in San Bernardino County.
- Wednesday’s Child Los Angeles
Photo listing and videos of some of Los Angeles’ waiting children.
- WWK Recruiters
Scroll down and click on California to view contact information for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters families may contact regarding waiting California Children.
- Heart Gallery Of America
Photo lists of waiting children
- ICPC Information
Provides general information about ICPC process in California, including contact information for state ICPC offices.
Post-Adoption Support & Resources
- 5 Acres
Provides services to families such as pre- and post-adoption support, deaf services, therapeutic behavioral services, and more.
- Adoption Assistance
Select California to view more information on adoption assistance in the state of California, courtesy of Child Welfare Information gateway.
- Capital Adoptive Families Alliance
Meet other adoptive families in the Sacramento area.
- Children’s Institute
Provides services such as mental health programs, family support services, youth development services and more.
- EMQ Families First
Provides mental health treatment programs for children and youth with complex behavioral challenges.
- Kinship Center
Provides programs and services to children and families, including children who have experienced trauma. Provide pre- and post-adoption training for parents.
- Lilliput Post-Adoption Services
Lilliput offers post-adoption services such as support groups, counseling, trainins, respite services, and more. Services are available to families living in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Tuolumne, and Yolo Counties. Families do not need to have accepted through Lilliput to utilize their post-adoption servies.
- Mental Health Services
Kinship Center provides mental health services to children living in Monterey, Orange and San Luis Obispo Counties.
- Olive Crest
Provides services to children and families, including foster care, adoption, therapeutic services, and mental health services.
- Olive Crest: Inland Empire/Desert Communities Programs
A list of services Olive Crest provides to children and families living in the Inland Empire and Desert communitites.
- Olive Crest: Los Angeles Programs
A list of services Olive Crest provides to children and families living in Los Angeles.
- Olive Crest: Orange/San Diego Counties Programs
A list of services Olive Crest provides to children and families living in Orange and San Diego Counties.
- PACER Adoption Competent Therapists
PACER compiled a list of therapists who have experience in the areas of adoption, loss, cultural and racial identity issues, and transracial adoption.
- Pacer Library
PACER compiled a list of books and articles on various adoption topics.
- Post Adoption Link Sacramento
Provides post-adoption services to families living in Sacramento area, including support groups, therapeutic services, and mental health services for special education students. Also provides information on Adoption Assistance program.
- Sierra Forever Families: Post-Adoption Services
Provides services such as adoption, post-adoption, mental health, mentoring, and family preservation. Sierra Forever Families serves children and families living in Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.
- Sierra Forever Families: Upcoming Events
Scoll to the bottom of the page for upcoming events including adotpive parent and LGBT Adoptive Parent Support Groups.
- State Subsidy Information
NACAC provides general information on adoption subsidies in California.
- Strength United
Provides support and services for those who have survived abuse. They offer counseling services, advocacy, and education and prevention programs.
- Support Groups
A list of peer-led support groups in the Bay Area and Sacramento courtesy of PACER.
- Attachment and Trauma Specialists
A list of local therapists that specialize in working with attachment and trauma related issues.
- Behavioral care treatment centers
A list of local treatment centers for behavioral care
- Adoption Therapists
A list of local therapists that specialize in adoption
- Child Care Resources
A compiled list of child-care resources
- Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Programs
A list of local treatment centers specializing in child abuse treatment
- Kid Counseling
A list of local therapists specializing in treating children
- Medical Resources
Health and medical resources
- Online Support Groups
A list of online support group resources
- Post-Adoption Questions and Answers
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding adoption
- Special Health Care Needs
Resources for parents of children with special health care needs.