If you are considering becoming an adoptive parent, you may have questions. We’re here to help! See our frequently asked questions below, or contact us directly.
How do I become an adoptive parent?
One of Wayfinder’s knowledgeable social workers will interview you and conduct a home inspection. You will submit documents, such as fingerprint clearances. Then we will create a profile based on your preferences. We will match you with a child who is eligible for adoption, and the child will be placed in your home, leading toward finalization of the adoption.
How much does adopting a child cost?
There is no charge to families when adopting through the foster care system. Although there are initial costs for requirements such as CPR certification, fingerprinting and a physical exam, these costs may be reimbursed at the time of the adoption or through adoption tax credits.
Are there any restrictions on who may adopt?
Adoption is open to single people, married couples or unmarried partners who are in a long-term, committed relationship. Adoptive families come from all racial, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Issues such as income, health and legal history will be considered case by case.
Will I have time to get to know the child before the adoption occurs?
Prior to the adoption, the child will live in your home for at least six months to help ensure that he or she and your family are a good fit.
Will I be informed of any special needs or disabilities?
Yes. Prior to an adoption match, all available information about the child will be shared with the prospective adoptive parents.
How long will it take before I’m matched to a prospective adoptive child?
The time it takes to match a parent or family with a child depends on the number of children who are available or become available for adoption, as well as the characteristics you are seeking in your adoptive child. If you are open to adopting siblings, older children or children with special needs, your wait time will be shorter.
Is it true that a member of the child’s biological family can take them from me?
When the adoption of a child is finalized, all parental rights have been irrevocably severed from the child’s biological parents. This eliminates the possibility for the biological family to attempt to regain custody of the child.
What continued support is available to our family after the adoption is finalized?
You can receive financial assistance through the Adoption Assistance Program until the child is 18 years old. Medi-Cal benefits will continue until the child is 21 years old. Wayfinder provides additional post-adoption services, including mental health support and family events.