How long does it take to adopt a child in foster care?
The length of time needed to complete the adoption process varies a great deal. For most families, the time from submitting an application to completing the homestudy and being formally approved to adopt is between six and nine months. Once approved, the process of being “matched” with a child can take anywhere from weeks to a few years, depending on the type of child the family hopes to parent. Families hoping to adopt young, healthy children under the age of five (5) may expect to wait years. Families interested in adopting an older child or teen, a sibling group, or a child with special needs are often matched more quickly.
Open Your Home To A Child
The need for loving, nurturing caretakers is greater than ever. CFCS recruits and supports new families who can provide transitional and/or permanent care for children who have been referred to the state foster care system. Learn more.
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Become a CFCS volunteer! We are a small nonprofit with a broad constituency, and we depend on help from volunteers who provide their time or expertise to help with facilities, events and our holiday gift drive. Find out more.
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Serving the community for over 140 years, CFCS has an ever-expanding archive of inspiring stories from our youth, families, staff, donors, and volunteers. We want to hear from you: how did CFCS touch your life? Tell us here.