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A Glimpse into Adoption through Foster Care: What to Expect

Adoption Through Foster Care

Adopting a Child From Foster Care

Adopting through foster care is a wonderful way to build your family. It can be a rewarding
experience and brings an amazing child into your home. If you’re considering adoption through
foster care, you may have a lot of questions about what to expect. In this article, we’ll give you a
glimpse into the process of adopting a child from foster care and provide you with information on what to expect when embarking
on this journey.

The First Steps of Adoption Through Foster Care 

Adoption through foster care can be a unique and rewarding experience. The process is
different from other forms of adoption, so it’s important to understand the processes before
getting started. Depending on where you live, the requirements may vary slightly; if you’re in
Arizona, Building Arizona Families can assist you in adopting a U.S. foster child through our
Forever Families program.

First and foremost, you must meet the state’s eligibility requirements for adoptive parents.
These requirements typically involve age, financial stability, health, and personal qualifications
including background checks. In addition, you must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle
registration, and insurance. After the initial application is approved, you will need to participate
in a home study and possibly take classes that focus on parenting skills and any specialized
knowledge related to the needs of the child you hope to adopt.

Once you’ve completed the necessary training and background checks, you can then begin the
process of connecting with a foster child who needs a home. You may be asked to provide a
profile of your family and home life to be presented to potential matchings; it’s important to be
honest and open about your abilities and limits as a parent. This can help ensure a successful
match between you and your adopted child when adopting a child from foster care.

The Financial Reality

Adopting through foster care is one of the most costeffective adoption programs available. In
the state of Arizona, for example, the home study process typically costs around $1,100 with our
agency, Building Arizona Families. Additionally, our Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program
fee of $3,500 is due prior to beginning the adoption selection process.

While this is significantly less expensive than private adoption or international adoption, these
costs still need to be considered. If you are considering adopting a foster child out of state, you
will also need to factor in travel expenses. This could include trips to meet the children and their
birth families and potentially even a trip to bring your new family member home.
There may also be additional costs associated with postplacement services and aftercare.
These services are designed to support both the adoptive parents and the adopted child
throughout the process and often include counseling and social work. These fees vary from
agency to agency but can range from several hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
Building Arizona Families staff is happy to discuss any fees or other costs that may arise to
ensure you are adequately prepared for this new commitment.

The Time Commitment of Adoption Through Foster Care 

Adoption through foster care requires a significant time commitment. From the initial
paperwork and application process to the final court hearing, it can take anywhere from 12
months to 2 years, depending on where you live.

The first step is to complete the requested forms, including a background check, medical forms, and
other requirements. The next step is the home study, which typically consists of several visits to
your home with the Building Arizona Families social worker.

After the home study is complete, a social worker works with you to help you select a child or
children that you are interested in. After you have decided on the foster child/children you are
interested in bringing home, your home study is submitted to that child’s/children’s government
appointed caseworker. The caseworker collects a selected number of home studies and
chooses the family they feel is best suited to meet the needs of the available child/children. The
length of the selection process and the number of preplacement transition visits will vary per
the children’s home location.

Once your adoption is finalized, and your child is home with you, you will begin the post
placement visits from your social worker. This can be anywhere from weekly visits for 6 months
or more, depending on your state regulations. This is an essential part of the adoption process
as it helps to ensure that your relationship with the adopted child is secure and beneficial for
both of you.

Finally, there is a court process that must take place for the adoption to be finalized. This
includes a hearing where the judge will review all the paperwork and make sure that the
adoption is in the best interest of the child. The court hearing itself usually lasts no longer than
an hour and the decision made by the judge is final. After the adoption is legally recognized, the
adoptive parents receive their certificate of adoption, and their rights as legal guardians are
officially established!

The Support System

When it comes to adoption through foster care, having a reliable support system is essential.
Navigating the adoption process may seem like an intimidating process, but having an
experienced, professional adoption team to help you along the way can make a world of
difference. At our agency, we believe in the importance of connecting families with the right
resources. At Building Arizona Families, experienced and compassionate adoption
professionals offer guidance when adopting a child from foster care.
Building Arizona Families is a federally recognized nonprofit adoption agency licensed through
the State of Arizonas Dept. of Child Safety. We are committed to providing adoptees and their
families the necessary support they need to ensure a smooth and successful transition. From
counseling and mentorship to legal assistance and financial aid, we will do our best to provide
you with all the resources you need. Our experienced team has worked with many families
throughout the state of Arizona, and we are dedicated to helping you find success in adoption
through foster care.
If you have further questions about adopting a child from foster care, please reach out to Ixcel Baca. You can call Ixcel or email her; she will happily answer your questions. Ixcel is available at ixcelbaca@buildingarizonafamilies.com or (623) 6969537. You can also download information about providing a forever family for kids awaiting adoption HERE.

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