Welcome A Child Into Your Home
When you have been presented with a potential adoption opportunity, there is usually an additional disclosure meeting where you will learn more about the child as well as in–person visits, which present an opportunity for you and the child to get to know one another.
If you and your caseworker agree that this is a good match, the child will be placed in your home with you serving as his or her foster parent(s). If you are fostering a child from a different state, you will need to complete the Interstate Compact Placement of Children (ICPC).
A social worker will visit you post-placement to ensure that you are complying with state regulations and to offer resources and support as you adjust to your new life as a family.
The waiting period from fostering to adoption can take anywhere from 2-5 years. It may be faster to foster a child who is already legally free for adoption, but there is still a required waiting period. While you are fostering a child, you may be required to attend court hearings, and possibly supervised visits with the birth parents.