Waiting for Permanency

Adopting a waiting child is where a family works towards the adoption of a specific child (or sibling group). Families choose this option because:

  • They are interested in adopting school-aged children or teens
  • Wish to avoid the emotional stresses that accompany reunification
  • Don’t mind waiting a little longer

Adopting a waiting child requires that a family successfully complete training and pass the approved* home study. This process can take a few months. Too often, families find a child on the Exchange, only to have that child placed with another family during the wait. Because of this, we encourage foster families to complete that process before visiting The Adoption Exchange in search of available children in Utah.

* Ill-informed outside agencies may tell you that any home study will do. Talk to us before making a costly mistake.

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