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Step 1 – Contact us! Let us know where you live. We will help you locate your local foster care and adoption agency.

Step 2 – Your local agency will invite you to an open-house or adoption orientation. Here you will learn about the becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Step 3 – MAPP or PRIDE classes are next. All families interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents must take these classes. They go by different names in different areas but are generally the same. The Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) or Parent’s Resources for Information Development Education (PRIDE) are 30 hours of training which prepare you for your foster/adoptive journey.

Step 4 – Home Study - The home study is actually a ‘story of your life’ designed to make sure you can provide a child with a safe and nurturing environment. This includes:

  • Information about your physical and emotional health.
  • Background clearance is required to complete the adoption process.
  • References will be requested from your employer, school officials, if you have children in school and character references from individuals who know you.
  • A counselor will visit your home at least twice during the adoption process to complete the home study interview.

Some of the topics that will be discussed with you and your family include:

  • Your reasons for adopting
  • Your childhood
  • The strengths of your marriage or current significant relationships
  • Your thoughts on the effects of a new child on your current home
  • Your financial situation
  • Your parenting philosophy

Step 5 – Approval:All of the information is gathered into a home study packet that is reviewed and sent for final approval by the Director of Permanency.

Step 6 – Once Approved – Search Forever Family videos, state websites, and attend recruitment activities, especially the matching events where you can meet the children who are available for adoption. Once you've identified a child or sibling group who you are interested in, notify your counselor, who can provide more information. Several families may be interested in the same child(ren). The workers will want to take as much time as necessary to ensure the family selected is the right match.

Step 7 – Match - When the needs of a child or sibling group are matched with your family, your adoption counselor will discuss with you the pre-placement activities, including supervised and unsupervised visits with the child. Once you, your family, the child and the child's counselor determine that the child is ready, the official placement will occur.

Step 8 – Placement: After a child is placed, a counselor must make monthly visits in order to assess the child's adjustment and if new or additional services are needed. The supervision period lasts a minimum of 90 days and ends when the counselor provides "consent to adopt" to your attorney.

Step 9 – Forever Family! Your attorney will schedule a hearing before a judge. At this hearing the adoption will be legalized and the child will legally become a part of your family.

North Carolina Guidelines:

Step 1 – Contact us! Let us know where you live. We will help you locate your local foster care & adoption agency.

Step 2 – Your local agency will invite you to an open-house or adoption orientation. Here you will learn about the becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Step 3 – Application Process – Includes information about your family, and child(ren) you are seeking to adopt.

Step 4 – Pre-Placement Assessment & MAPP classes– A social worker will work with you to help familiarize you with the adoption process. The Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) is a series of training that helps prepare you for your foster/adoptive journey.

Step 5 - Once Approved– Search Forever Family videos, state websites, and attend recruitment activities, especially the matching events where you can meet the children who are available for adoption. Once you've identified a child or sibling group who you are interested in, notify your counselor, who can provide more information. Several families may be interested in the same child(ren). The workers will want to take as much time as necessary to ensure the family selected is the right match.

Step 6 - Match - When the needs of a child or sibling group are matched with your family, your adoption counselor will discuss with you the pre-placement activities, including supervised and unsupervised visits with the child. Once you, your family, the child and the child's counselor determine that the child is ready, the official placement will occur.

Step 7 - Placement -After a child is placed, a counselor must make monthly visits in order to assess the child's adjustment and if new or additional services are needed. The supervision period last approximately 6 months.

Step 8 - Forever Family! Your attorney will schedule a hearing before a judge. At this hearing the adoption will be legalized and the child will legally become a part of your family.

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