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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about your personal situation, you are encouraged to reach out to a local professional in your area.
I am pregnant and scared, and I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?
Get Your Free Adoption Guide for more information on the adoption process. By requesting this information, you are not implying that you are interested in proceeding with adoption. This is merely a free guide that explains the adoption process, answers common questions, and provides stories of others who have been in your shoes and gone through the adoption process.
This free adoption guide is provided by American Adoptions, one of the largest domestic adoption agencies of its kind in the United States. American Adoptions may also be reached at 800-ADOPTION (236-7846).
Can I get custody of my grandchildren who are in foster care?
Children who are in foster care have suffered some kind of loss, trauma, and grief due to an unsettled home environment. Although every state has its own rules and regulations, each state has one common goal in mind; the safety and security of the child.
Most states feel that children staying with vetted family members would be best over a traditional foster care placement. If you wish to open your home to your grandchildren, you are encouraged to contact your local Department of Human Resources and ask to speak to someone in the foster care division.
It’s important to note that it is the goal of every state to eventually reunite the children with their biological parents. The time the children are in foster care provides the parents an opportunity to earn back custody of their children by following through with the guidelines put in place by the state.
In some cases when rehabilitation is not possible, children remain in foster care until they age out of the foster care system. Some foster children end up available for adoption.
Obtaining custody of your grandchild is not impossible, and it’s very likely you may be granted temporary custody while the parents deal with their issues. The key is reaching out to your local foster care agency, finding out who the children’s caseworker is, and sharing your concerns.
I am interested in being a foster parent. What should I do?
It’s so heartwarming to know there are those who are willing to open their home to a child in need. Those interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent are encouraged to call their local Department of Health and Human Services and ask to speak to someone regarding foster care.
Information will be mailed or emailed to you, and you will most likely be invited to attend an in-person orientation where you will have a chance to ask more questions.
If I become a foster parent, can I choose the type and age of the child I care for?
Foster parents need to understand that they will be expected to welcome a child of any age with a variety of backgrounds. As much as some would want to only foster babies or only foster older children, the reality is that foster parents are in short supply and need to be willing to accept any child in need, regardless of age or other circumstances.
Although babies do end up in foster care, the majority of the children in foster care are older.
I’m interested in adoption. What should I do?
Adoption is not only a gift to your family but a gift to a child in need of a loving home. There are many reputable adoption agencies in each state. I am particularly fond of American Adoptions, a domestic adoption agency that can be reached at 800-ADOPTION (236-7846). Call anytime, and a professional will be available to assist you. American Adoptions is one of the largest domestic adoption agencies of its kind in the United States.