Who can adopt?
Anyone who has a heart for it, but you will have to get home study approved by your state.
Is there age, race, income, or religious requirements for adoption? Foster care?
For domestic adoption, you can be any race, but the individual requirements for income, age or religion might be subjective for that specific home study provider. I would recommend calling local HS providers to ask their requirements
Can single or same sex couples adopt or foster?
Yes they can, but it does very between agency/organization what their individual rules are
How much does is cost to foster? Adopt?
Foster care is typically free or very low costs because it is through the state. Domestic adoption can be anywhere from $20K-$50K Adoption through the foster care system is typically free.
Is there financial assistance for adoption? Foster Care?
Yes there is, there are a ton of grant organizations that are specifically meant for financial adoption support. For Foster Care, there is a monthly stipend – the actual dollar amount will vary based on. Additionally, depending on the state, if you adopt through the foster care system, your adopted child may receive a full scholarship to a state college. Adoption through the foster care system is typically free.
What is a home study and who needs one?
Everyone hoping to adopt needs one. This is a process where a local home study provider will evaluate your finances, health, home, stability, income, jobs etc.. to see if they feel like you are a good candidate to adopt.
How long is the adoption process?
It differs for everyone based on your preferences and how proactive you are at getting the paperwork all completed. Anywhere from 1-3 years.
How can we prevent a scam?
Hire a consultant that has experience and can go through the process with you, be thorough, and see if there is a FB page that helps prevent adoption scam you can join.
What is open adoption? Closed adoption? Semi-open?
This will differ a little with each situation, but

-Open: Ongoing communication, relationship building and very active in each other’s lives with possible visits.

-Semi-open: Picture, letter, email updates through the agency or possible a private blog or email that you have set up with the expectant mom.

-Closed: We don’t see this as much anymore, but this is where the expectant parents and adoptive family typically know nothing about each other.
What information can we obtain about a birthmother or birthfather?
This depends on what information the agency has and can provide you with, it will differ with each case
What information can we obtain about the background of a foster child?
Unfortunately, very minimal information is available about the child. Typically, you can find out the gender and age, the reason the child was put into foster care and if there are any siblings. Race is not available
What rights do the birth parents have after an adoption?
You will come to an agreement what type of post adoption communication you agree to and you will have to stay committed to that, but other than that the birth parents have no rights.
What rights do the birth parents have during a foster placement?
Birth parents have a great deal of rights. These rights include visitation through the court system – the amount of visitation will vary based on the child’s age and the court. Visitation will typically be at a DCF office with supervision. Birth parents also have the right to make all medical decisions and appearance changes (i.e. cutting a child’s long hair off) require birth parent approval
What if the baby/child has a health issue that is unknown during pregnancy?
This will depend on each agencies policy as far as how to proceed with the adoption. It is up to the adoptive parents at that time if they would like to proceed, but there could be financial loss at some level for backing out.