Frequently Asked Questions

Top FAQs
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  1. What is adoption?
  2. I am interested in adopting. How do I get started?
  3. How do I find an adoption agency to work with?
  4. I already have a homestudy. How should I use this site to express interest in a waiting child?
  5. I submitted an inquiry. Why haven't I heard anything from the child's worker?
  6. How much does it cost to adopt a child?
  7. How long will it take to adopt a child?
  8. Will I need a lawyer?
  9. In addition to adopting, how else can I help children in foster care?

FAQs - General Adoption

  1. What are the differences between the different types of adoption?
  2. How do I adopt a child from another country?
  3. What is the difference between adoption and guardianship?
  4. Can I adopt a child from another State?

FAQs - Who Can Adopt?

  1. My partner and I work. Will I have to quit my job if we want to adopt?
  2. I don't own my own home. I live in an apartment. Can I adopt?
  3. Can single parents adopt?
  4. Can gays and lesbians adopt?
  5. I'm over forty. Am I to old to adopt?

FAQs - About the Children

  1. What ages of children are available? Do you have any babies?
  2. Can the biological parents take my adopted child back? Could a biological relative show up to claim a child once he or she has been adopted by my family?