When adopting a foster child, your new child becomes a legal member of your family with the same rights and privileges as a biological child. All states have incentives and benefits to encourage families to adopt locally and from foster care. In most cases adoption is free, medical care and higher eductation are paid for, and there may even be a monthly stipend to help cover day to day expenses.
Adoption is a wonderful and rewarding way to grow a family. When you open your heart and home through adoption you are making a commitment to a child that will last forever. It is an important decision that requires considerable thought and discussion among the entire family. Adoption is a life changing experience that requires patience and preparation. Some steps on the road to adoption include: attending a 30-hour Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (M.A.P.P.) training to prepare for the parenting role. In most cases, these classes can be worked around your schedule. In addition, there is a background check and a home study (a story of your life). During this process a counselor will meet with all family members to discuss their reasons for wanting to adopt, parenting styles and other relevant factors. Requirements and benefits vary from state to state and from county to county, however the process is not as difficult or intimidating as many people think. If you would like to create or complete your family through public foster care adoption, give us a call and we will put you in touch with an agency in your area, 1-888-365-FAMILY.