Adopt a child from foster care

If you live in LA and you are open to both adopting and fostering…

The first step is to get approved as an LA Resource Family, and you will work directly with the LA County.
Once you are approved, the expectation is that you will be available to foster, and your goal to adopt will be embraced and considered throughout the process.

Meet LA’s foster children

Meet some of our children in need of a permanent family.
Although we have children of all ages needing adoption, we are in particular need of adoptive homes for older youth (ages 9-17), large sibling groups and children with medical needs.

FAQs

What is an Adoptive Parent?

An Adoptive Parent is someone that provides a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children when it has been determined that they cannot safely be returned to their birth parents or relatives.

Can I be both a Foster Parent and an Adoptive Parent?

Absolutely! As a matter of fact, we are in the greatest need of Resource Parents, that is, parents who are able to provide foster care and help birth parents reunite, but if the children cannot safely return to their family, Resource Parents can provide permanent adoptive homes for the children.

How Do I Know What Type of Family I Should Be?

The process of becoming a Resource Parent (which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent) is specifically designed to help you discover what is right for you and your family. Our classes and family assessments are conducted by friendly, experienced social workers that will work with you in determining the types of children you can best parent.

What is the cost of adopting a child from foster care?

You do not pay for completion of the approval process with Los Angeles County. The process should be free, except potential expense for medical screenings. Your RFA social worker can help you identify low cost or free options for medical screenings that are required for medical clearances.

What is the process if I want to do an independent adoption?

An independent adoption is an adoption in which the birth parent selects the family for the child and places the child directly with the selected family. Learn more about independent adoptions.

What is the process if I want to do an stepparent adoption?

A stepparent adoption is one in which a stepparent files a petition with the court to adopt his/her stepchild while the spouse/birth parent retains his or her custody and control of the child. Learn more about stepparent adoptions.

Does LA County offer post-adoption and reunion services?

Yes we do! Please call the Post-Adoption Services (PAS) duty line if we can help you in any way: (800) 735-4984. Leave a message and a PAS duty worker will return your call promptly. You can also email us at adoptions@dcfs.lacounty.gov. Learn more about the post-adoption services we offer.

Ready to get started? Start your online application now.