10 Steps to Adopting a Child in Foster Care

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  • Step 1: Learn About Adoption
  • Step 2: Select an Agency
  • Step 3: Complete a Home Study
  • Step 4: Search for a Child
  • Step 5: Exchange Information with Child’s Agency
  • Step 6: Learn That You Have Been Selected for a Child
  • Step 7: Meet the Child
  • Step 8: Receive a Placement
  • Step 9: Finalize the Adoption
  • Step 10: New Life as an Adoptive Family
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  • Adopting A Child in Foster Care

Step 3: Complete a Home Study

In order to approve a parent for adoption, a social worker will meet with the interested party in a series of meetings to assess whether they are prepared for the adoption. Documents such as birth certificates, marriage license, child abuse clearances and personal references will be under review as well. (Photo: Chris Ryan/Getty Images)

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