Steps in the Adoption Process

  1. Open House 
    Attend free, no-obligation information open house for individuals interested in adopting. Register Here: Broward Open House or Palm Beach Open House.
     
  2. Pre-Service Training & Home Study
    Attend pre-service training classes.  During this class, you will be introduced to the child welfare system and learn how to care for your adoptive child. While attending the pre-service training class, you will complete the other adoptive parenting requirements, including a home study and background check. Completion of the training classes does not guarantee approval for adoption.
     
  3. Match
    Once your home study has been approved, you can view information on children available for adoption in Broward and Palm Beach County. Once you have identified a child or sibling group with whom you have an interest, notify your counselor for more information. Attend recruitment activities, especially the matching events where you can meet the children. Once you have identified a child or sibling group with whom you have an interest, notify your counselor for more information.                                      
  4. Placement
    After a child is placed in your home, a counselor must make monthly visits to assess the child's adjustment. The supervision period lasts a minimum of 90 days and ends when the counselor provides a "consent to adopt" to your attorney.
     
  5. Finalization
    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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Couple attending pre-service training