Secretary Malhotra
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Governor's Office

How to Adopt

You Are Needed
Youth over the age of 14 need the support and love you can provide as their parent.

What are the steps?

  • Contact the adoption program staff at the Department of Social Services in the county where you reside
  • Attend a Foster/Adoptive Parent Information Meeting held by the local department.
  • Attend a mandatory 27 pre-service training to learn about resources available to assist adoptive families.
  • Participate in a home study and other requirements such as a background check.

How long is the process?
The process should take no more than 90-120 days from the date of application.

Jennifer McCabe
Adoption Policy Analyst