How to Adopt:
State Adoption Info

We encourage you to get approved (certified) to foster or adopt within your state. Looking over all sources of information can help you best understand the process in your state. A generic roadmap of what is involved gives the curious beginner some idea of the certification process in all states. Specific state-wide information on how to become approved is available at each of the state web sites below and from your state’s guidance page at AdoptUsKids. Training, Home Studies, and Certification are usually available through a local private adoption agency or through local county child welfare offices.

StateState InformationState Guidelines
At AdoptUsKids
Private Agencies
AlabamaAlabama Adoption
Alabama Foster Care
Alabama GuidelinesAlabama Agencies
AlaskaAlaska Center for Resource Families
Alaska GuidelinesAlaska Agencies
ArizonaDepartment of Child Safety: Fostering & Adoption in Arizona
Arizona GuidelinesArizona Agencies
ArkansasArkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas GuidelinesArkansas Agencies
CaliforniaChildren and Family Services Division-Adoptions
California GuidelinesCalifornia Agencies
Official California Listing
Cherokee NationCherokee NationCherokee Guidelines
ColoradoAdoption and Foster CareColorado GuidelinesColorado Agencies
ConnecticutOffice of Foster Care and Adoption Services (OFAS)Connecticut GuidelinesConnecticut Agencies
DelawareState of DelawareDelaware GuidelinesDelaware Agencies
District of ColumbiaDC Child and Family Services AgencyDistrict of Columbia GuidelinesDistrict of Columbia Agencies
FloridaFlorida DCS Foster Care How-To
Florida DCS Adoption Info
Florida GuidelinesFlorida Agencies
GeorgiaDCFS Adoption InformationGeorgia GuidelinesGeorgia Agencies
HawaiiState of HawaiiHawaii GuidelinesHawaii Agencies
IdahoIdaho Dept. of Health and WelfareIdaho GuidelinesIdaho Agencies
IllinoisIllinois DCFS: Adoption
Illinois DCFS: Foster Care
Illinois GuidelinesIllinois Agencies
State List of Agencies
IndianaIndiana Adoption ProgramIndiana GuidelinesIndiana Agencies
IowaIowa Foster Care and AdoptionIowa GuidelinesIowa Agencies
State Listing
DHS Offices
KansasAdopt Kansas Kids (expect small delay)Kansas GuidelinesKansas Agencies
KentuckyKentucky AdoptionKentucky GuidelinesKentucky Agencies
LouisianaLouisiana Adoption InformationLouisiana GuidelinesLouisiana Agencies
MaineMaine Government-How Do I Adopt?Maine GuidelinesMaine Agencies
State of Maine Official List
MarylandMaryland Department of Human ResourcesMaryland GuidelinesMaryland Agencies
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of Health and Human ServicesMassachusetts GuidelinesMassachusetts Agencies
MichiganMichigan Department of Human ServicesMichigan GuidelinesMichigan Agencies
MinnesotaAdoption in MinnesotaMinnesota GuidelinesMinnesota Agencies
MississippiMississippi Department of Child Protective ServicesMississippi GuidelinesMississippi Agencies
MissouriMissouri Dept. of Social ServicesMissouri GuidelinesMississippi Agencies
MontanaDPHHS: Adoption in Montana
DPHHS: Become a Foster Parent in Montana
Montana GuidelinesMontana Agencies
NebraskaAdoption in Nebraska
Foster Care in Nebraska
Nebraska GuidelinesNebraska Agencies
Adoption Nebraska List
NevadaNevada DCFS Foster Care Info
Nevada DCFS Adoption Info
Nevada GuidelinesNevada Agencies
DCFS Agency Offices
State List of Private Agencies
New HampshireNew Hampshire DHHS DCYF How To AdoptNew Hampshire GuidelinesNew Hampshire Agencies
New JerseyNew Jersey Dept. of Children and FamiliesNew Jersey GuidelinesNew Jersey Agencies
New MexicoNew Mexico Children, Youth and FamiliesNew Mexico GuidelinesNew Mexico Agencies
New YorkNew York State - Adoption
New York City, ACS
New York GuidelinesNew York Agencies
North CarolinaDSS Adoption Services
Adopting North Carolina Kids
North Carolina GuidelinesNorth Carolina Agencies
North DakotaNorth Dakota Department of Human ServicesNorth Dakota GuidelinesNorth Dakota Agencies
OhioAdoption Info PortalOhio GuidelinesOhio Agencies
OklahomaOklahoma Department of Human Services: AdoptionOklahoma GuidelinesOklahoma Agencies
OregonOregon DHSOregon GuidelinesOregon Agencies
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Adoption ExchangePennsylvania GuidelinesPennsylvania Agencies
Rhode IslandAdoption Rhode IslandRhode Island GuidelinesRhode Island Agencies
South CarolinaAdoption
Prospective Foster Parent
South Carolina GuidelinesSouth Carolina Agencies
South DakotaSouth Dakota Department of Social ServicesSouth Dakota GuidelinesSouth Dakota Agencies
TennesseeHow to Adopt
Become a Foster Parent
Tennessee GuidelinesTennessee Agencies
TexasTexas Department of Family and Protective ServicesTexas GuidelinesTexas Agencies
UtahUtah's Adoption ConnectionUtah GuidelinesUtah Agencies
VermontVermont DCFVermont GuidelinesVermont Agencies
VirginiaVirginia Dept. of Social ServicesVirginia GuidelinesVirginia Agencies
WashingtonDYCF Steps to AdoptionWashington GuidelinesWashington Agencies
DCYF Licensed Adoption Services List
West VirginiaAdopt a West Virginia ChildWest Virginia GuidelinesWest Virginia Agencies
WisconsinAdoption Resources of WisconsinWisconsin GuidelinesWisconsin Agencies
WyomingFoster Care AdoptionWyoming GuidelinesWyoming Agencies