10 Steps to Adopting a Child in Foster Care

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  • Adopting A Child in Foster Care
  • 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
  • Other Ways to Help Foster Children

Step 2: Select an Agency

Find agencies licensed in the state where you reside. Ask them about the type of children they place, the fees involved, how they prepare families and how long it will take to place a child. It is also wise to ask other adoptive parents who have gone through the agency what their experiences were like. Lastly, inquire about potential legal fees that you may incur during the adoption process. (Photo: Blend Images/Hill Street Studios/Getty Images)

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