Become an adoptive family
Adoptive parents have the power to change a child’s life forever.
If there is anything we know, it is that children belong with families.
Right now, hundreds of children in the state of Florida are awaiting a forever family. Through no fault of their own, these children could not be safely reunified with their biological families after entering foster care. In these situations, the court determines whether it is in the child’s best interest to terminate their parental rights (TPR). Once the TPR process begins, we start to look for a new forever family for the child.
The average age of a child in foster care waiting for a forever family is 8 years old. Our children are often in sibling groups, or have behavioral/emotional needs that require additional patience, commitment, love and care. Finding families for teens is also a priority.
Please note that it is extremely rare for an infant or toddler to become openly available for adoption. If that is the only age group you are seeking, you may want to consider looking into a private adoption.
What’s the process to become an adoptive parent?
- Call us at 1-866-90CHILD OR visit (form page here) to be connected to an adoption specialist.
- Attend an orientation session.
- Complete the 32 hour Parent Readiness Information Development and Education (PRIDE) training. This training teaches the ins and outs of the foster care system, and helps both prospective foster and adoptive parents understand the child welfare system and what to expect when parenting children who have experienced trauma.
- Complete a thorough home inspection and study (we’ll ask lots of questions!).
- Complete background, employment and reference checks.
- Welcome a child into your heart and home.
How much does it cost to adopt from foster care?
The State of Florida doesn’t charge to place foster children in adoptive homes. The legal finalization (court and attorney fees) of the adoption could cost less than $1,000 (and in most cases is reimbursable by the State).
How long does it take to adopt from foster care?
It will take approximately 10-12 months once you attend your first PRIDE class to complete your required adoption home study. We prioritize families who are open to adopting sibling groups or teenagers, as those are our most pressing needs.
What historical information about the child is provided?
If the adoptions team for the child believes you may be a match, they will disclose the foster care history; birth information; medical history; assessments or psychological evaluations; current daily habits and preferences; and non-identifying social and medical information about biological parents and birth family. It is then up to you to determine whether you would like to continue the adoption process with that child.
What support is available if I adopt from foster care?
- A monthly adoption subsidy stipend helps offset the cost of caring for the child.
- A specialty Medicaid plan is available to cover the child’s health and dental expenses.
- Local foster/adoptive parent associations meet monthly to provide guidance and emotional support, ongoing training, respite, or sometimes just an empathetic ear for both foster and adoptive parents.
- Teen and young adults adopted from foster care are eligible for a tuition waiver to any college in the state of Florida that accepts Bright Futures.
Visit the Heart Gallery of Central Florida
Visit the Heart Gallery of Central Florida to view local children seeking forever families.
Visit Adopt Florida
Visit Adopt Florida a to view children in the State of Florida seeking forever families.
View our Adoption Brochure
Not ready to adopt? You can still make a difference.
For foster children unable to live with their parents due to neglect or abuse, a safe and loving home to “feel normal” again can make all the difference. As a foster parent, you can help provide the love, stability and structure needed during a scary and traumatic time.
Use your unique perspective to become a positive role model and champion for foster youth — help nurture valuable academic, social and emotional skills.
In an ideal world, no child would have to enter foster care. Support our efforts to prevent abuse and neglect by helping us to address child abuse prevention, family stability and youth success.