Waiting for Permanency

Adopt a waiting child – this phrase can be confusing! A waiting child is one whose parental rights are terminated and now seeks adoption.  Families choose this option because:

  • They become aware of specific children (or siblings!) needing adoption, like those found on Adopt US Kids
  • 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 learn of a waiting child only to have that child placed with another family during the wait. Because of this, we encourage foster families to complete that process before looking at any specific children waiting for adoption.

* 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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