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What are the requirements to adopt a child from foster care?

Child Welfare


To adopt a child from foster care, you should start by contacting your local public child welfare agency. Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, offers a list of all State child welfare agencies.

Some States have privatized their child welfare systems, and children may be placed in private agencies that contract with public agencies to provide foster care. You can locate public and licensed private agencies in your area by searching the National Foster Care and Adoption Directory.

Child Welfare Information Gateway’s factsheet Foster Parents Considering Adoption provides information for foster parents interested in adopting a child in their care.