Adoption is a lifelong commitment to a child when a child cannot return home.
Some children are placed with other family members or non-related adults with whom they have a significant attachment. Foster families may also choose to adopt the child in their care if the child becomes available for adoption. It’s important to know that DHS prioritizes relatives for adoption when possible.
Sometimes none of these options are available and a new family is found for the child. Adoption is a way to give children the security, a sense of belonging and the unconditional love they need. Adoptive parents have permanent, legal parental rights and responsibilities to the children they adopt.
A family to call their own
Most of the waiting children are school-aged and many have special needs related to the abuse or neglect they've experienced. Some are part of a group of siblings who would like to stay together. What they all have in common is the desire to belong.
The process of both fostering and adopting through the state both require applicants to go through the state’s 24 hour training class and a home-study process.
Fill out a Connect form for more information related to adopting through DHS.
Adoptive Family Relationship to Child
- 5.9% - Relative
- 25.6% - Non-Relative
- 33.4% - Relative Foster Parent
- 35.2% - Foster Parent