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Think About Adopting Through The Foster System

by Connie Mitchell

If you want to adopt a child, you might want to become a foster parent first. It is possible to adopt through the foster system.  

Becoming a Foster Parent

The first step to adopting through the foster system is to become a foster parent. Your state has requirements that you will have to meet to become a foster parent. In general, you will have to be over the age of 21. You will have to pass a criminal background check. You must be physically and mentally healthy enough to care for a child. You will also need to pass a home study. The home study will check your house to see if you have enough room for a child, if your house is safe for a child, and who will be in your house. Your state may also require you to undergo training before they approve you, especially in handling trauma since many foster children will have been in traumatic situations before they come to you. 


Once you have become a foster parent and have a foster child that you would like to adopt, you will have to have a lot of patience while your child's case works through the system. In most cases, this isn't going to be a quick process. One of the goals of the foster system is family reunification. That means getting the biological parent to a point where their children can come home to live with them. The parent will have to go through many steps for this to happen. You will also have to go through many steps, including visitation with the birth family, court dates, and a lot of documenting what happens with your child. 

Find a Lawyer

You should find a lawyer who specializes in adoption law. When talking to an adoption attorney, you may also want to check their familiarity with the foster system. Some things might trip up your adoption if they aren't done correctly. Your attorney can help you solve those problems while watching for your interests. Your child will likely have their own legal representation to make sure that their best interests are centered in the case. 

Adopting a child can help you get the family you have always wanted. Adopting through the foster system is one way that you can do it. If you are going to go through the foster system, there are things that you are going to have to do to get through the entire process.  

Contact a local foster care service, such as The Up Center, to learn more.