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Becoming a Foster/Adoptive Parent

http://traumaadoption.org/adopt/content/how-do-you-become-fostadopt-parent

I wrote a longish blog post on, generally, the steps to becoming a fostadopt parent. The rules vary from state to state, but it is a good starting place to understand the process.

How Do You Become a Fost/Adopt Parent?

The requirements vary from state to state, but in general they follow a common path.  The process is not short, so be prepared to make an investment in your time before even having a chance for a placement in your home.  Also, be aware that a large part of the introduction and initiation is designed to scare you.  Social services really want to make sure that those they train are in for the long haul.  Also, it is really important to understand that just because you start looking at fost/adoption as a way to build your family does not mean you are committed to that path.

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

From the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition site:

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, a proud member of United Way, is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child's life by recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive homes in the St. Louis metropolitan community.

Yes They Are All Mine

Author: 
Linda Dyson
ISBN: 
1438909292

Linda and her husband Doug have eight children, many of them fostered and then adopted through the foster care system. This book hopes to provide insight into this way of being a parent. It also seeks positive change in the foster care system.

"The System"

The foster care system is a bit of a hodge podge across the USA.  It has been designed to protect children and remove them from harm's way.  There is definitely a challenge surrounding how to identify which children really need that protection.  As a society, we don't want to be in the habit of removing kids from their mom's and dad's for no reason--having this happen is a traumatic experience on so many levels.  Children often blame themselves for the bio-parent's inadequacies. 

They don't understand "normal" thinking that:

Iowa Foster Adoptive Parents Association

From the IFAPA site:

IFAPA is a membership organization serving foster and adoptive parents in Iowa. Membership in the association is FREE for Iowa's licensed foster parents and adoptive parents. Social workers, agencies, and other interested parties may join the association as a supporting member for $25 per year. Membership benefits include:

*Free Training Classes Beneficial to Foster/Adoptive Parents
*Foster Care and Adoption Related Publications
*FREE or Low-Cost Events
*Monthly & Bi-Monthly Newsletters
*Legislative Bulletin

California Department of Social Services - Foster Care

State/Province: 
California

Oregon Department Of Human Services

Address 1: 
500 Summer St. NE E62
City: 
Salem, OR
State/Province: 
Oregon
ZIP/Post Code: 
97301
Phone: 
503-945-5651

From the Oregon Department of Human Services Site

Adoption & Safe Families Act (ASFA)

A child's sense of time is different from an adult's...
...a year can seem like forever to a child.

In 1997, Congress made major changes to the federal child abuse and neglect law. These changes became the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA). ASFA focuses on the health and safety of a child. Oregon law already supported that main goal.

Washington State Depart of Social and Health Services

State/Province: 
WA
Phone: 
1-888-KIDS-414

From the DSHS Children's Administration Site:

In 2003 there were 1204 adoptions of children in custody of Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), with more children still awaiting adoptive homes.

The purpose of the adoption program is to meet the permanency needs of children who are in the care and custody of DSHS. DSHS strives to find safe and stable families that can best meet the needs of the child.

Georgia Center Adoption & Foster Care Resources and Support

Mission Statement: The mission of The Georgia Center for Resources and Support is "to establish a seamless, comprehensive support network of post placement services to strengthen adoptive and foster families throughout Georgia".

2250 North Druid Hills Road
Suite 145
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Toll free telephone: 1.866.A.PARENT
Atlanta telephone: 404.929.0401
Fax: 404.929.0405