Steps To Becoming An Adoptive Parent
In Broward County, foster parents are trained and licensed by individual agencies that directly supervise the children. If you do not live in Broward, contact your local government to find out how the process works in your area. 1. Open House
Attend an orientation for individuals interested in adopting. Click here for orientation sessions.
2. Pre-Service Training
Attend pre-service training classes. During this class, you will be introduced to the child welfare system and learn how to care for your adoptive child. Completion of the training classes does not guarantee approval for adoption.
3. Home Study
While attending the pre-service training class, you will complete the other adoptive parenting requirements, including a home study and a background check.
Once your home study has been approved, scroll down to view children available for adoption in Broward County below. Attend recruitment activities, especially the matching events where you can meet the children. Once you've identified a child or sibling group with whom you have an interest, notify your counselor for more information.
After a child is placed in your home, a counselor must make monthly visits to assess the child's adjustment. The supervision period lasts a minimum of 90 days and ends when the counselor provides a "consent to adopt" to your attorney.
Your attorney will schedule a hearing before a judge. At this hearing, the adoption will be legalized and the child will legally become a part of your family.
The Heart Gallery of Broward County partners with ChildNet to find adoptive homes for waiting foster children. ChildNet oversees the placement of every child who enters the foster care system in Broward County. Their mission is to protect Broward County's abused, neglected and abandoned children to assure their safety and to promptly provide them with a permanent, loving home. Since 2004, ChildNet has assumed 100% of the case management from the Florida Department of Children and Families. They fulfill this role in cooperation with a skilled network of service providers and extensive community involvement.