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.