Adoptive Parent Requirements

Qualifications for Parents:

The final decision to place an adoptive child in a particular adoptive home is made by the County Adoption Worker. Parents are selected on the basis of our extensive home study process which includes the exploration of family dynamics and communication style; family stability; family history; exploration of marriage and/or relationship history; lifestyle; expectations of children's needs and development, motivation in undertaking parenting; former parenting experience and understanding of the commitment and meaning of the adoption process.

Of primary importance in the selection criteria are the following:

Families are assessed in terms of their desire to parent and their likelihood to be able to tolerate the change, intrusion, and disruption that will follow the placement of a child. Key assessment factors are the degree of intimacy which parents require and can tolerate, as well as what they are able to give; and the realistic versus the unrealistic expectations of how their personal needs will be fulfilled through parenthood. Social support systems are evaluated and informal systems of support are assessed. The profile for the type of child that will be matched with the family is determined by the type of child desired, behaviors that can or cannot be dealt with within the family system, and the needs and strengths of family members.

Extensive planning begins before placement is made, beginning with sharing all available information with the family. Individualized visitation plans are developed based on the needs of the child and the family.

Our adoptive parents come from varied backgrounds and are served by our 6 offices in Northern California. You may be single or married, domestic partners, straight or gay, transgender, with or without children and must be at least 25 years old. Two parent families must have been married or living together for a minimum of one year. The Home Study process will allow the prospective adoptive parents to go through a phase of self discovery and self-study rather than an investigative process on the part of the agency.

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