Basic Adoption Requirements
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- Single individuals and married couples may adopt children.
Complete the Assessment Process
- Background checks (criminal, child abuse/neglect, fingerprinting)
- Health assessment
- Employment verification
- Family history
- Attend and complete the state-required Trauma-Informed Permanency and Safety-Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training
Saint Francis Can Help
We provide services for children who are available for adoption. Our organization seeks loving, supportive families who can provide for children’s needs while they are going through the separation and loss of their birth family and becoming a permanent part of a stable, loving family. We provide training and support services to families throughout the process, for those who want to adopt or foster-to-adopt.
Children in Need of Adoption
Children who need adoptive homes come in all ages and ethnic backgrounds, and some have special needs. Some children are waiting for adoption with their siblings, looking for families who will keep them all together.
How Do I Adopt?
We match your family strengths to the needs of a child. Reach out, and we will happily answer any questions you might have about the adoption process. 866.999.1599
Adoptive families make a lifetime commitment to a child, and the decision to adopt should involve all members. The adoption process can seem overwhelming, but it is designed to ensure the best possible match between family and child. Besides, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.
General Requirements for Adoption
- Complete 10-week TIPS-MAPP course
- Complete adoption packet
- Obtain approved Adoptive Family Assessment
- Pass criminal background and Child Abuse Registry checks
- Be at least 21 years old, employed, and have room in your home
Types of Adoption
Foster to Adopt
Although we work to enable every child in foster care to eventually return home, sometimes that’s not possible. In such cases, families already licensed to provide respite and regular foster care may adopt a child placed in their home.
Families that adopt without becoming licensed foster care providers. Adopt Only families must meet one of three criteria:
- Accept children ages 7-18
- Accept children with moderate-to-severe needs
- Accept sibling groups of three or more
We encourage relatives and persons considered kin to adopt if they can meet the needs of the child. Relatives are typically not required to take TIPS-MAPP training, but they still must complete both an adoption packet and Adoptive Family Assessment.