Adopting from Foster Care

Adopting from Foster Care

$20.00

What is the process for adopting from foster care? How long does it take? Do you have to foster first? Can you adopt a child from another state? Should you work with a private or public agency? Jennifer Deazvedo, waiting child adoption coordinator for Children’s Connection Inc.; Dr. Dixie Davis, Executive Director of The Adoption Exchange and the Wednesday’s Child Foundation which recruits families for children in foster care; and Jennifer M. Phillips, adoption supervisor with Lutheran Social Services of Southern New England answer these questions and more in this course on adopting from foster care.

Description

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.

1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)

Course Overview:

What is the process for adopting from foster care? How long does it take? Do you have to foster first? Can you adopt a child from another state? Should you work with a private or public agency? Jennifer Deazvedo, waiting child adoption coordinator for Children’s Connection Inc.; Dr. Dixie Davis, Executive Director of The Adoption Exchange and the Wednesday’s Child Foundation which recruits families for children in foster care; and Jennifer M. Phillips, adoption supervisor with Lutheran Social Services of Southern New England answer these questions and more in this course on adopting from foster care.

This course includes:

  • The racial, age, and gender statistics for children currently available for adoption in the US foster care system.
  • How do children end up in governmental care?
  • Who is eligible to adopt from foster care?
  • What type of training is required to adopt from foster care? How long does this training last?
  • Who performs the home study for adopting from foster care?
  • How do you prepare children already in the home for the adoption of a new child?
  • How long does it take to terminate parental rights?
  • How long does a state have to find a permanent home for a child?
  • Should you use a private adoption agency that is under contract with the state to place children from foster care, or should you use the public county agency?
  • How does foster to adopt differ from adopting a child that is legally free for adoption?
  • How can prospective adoptive parents make sure they have all the information available about a child they are considering adopting?
  • Can you adopt a child from foster care in another state?
  • Do children adopted from foster care have continued contact with their birth family or birth grandparents or siblings?
  • Should you use photo listings to find children available to adopt?
  • What type of subsidies are available for families that adopt from foster care?
  • What type of post adoption support should adoptive parents look for from an adoption agency?

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