Adoption • Information And Referral • Adoptive Parent • Parent Support
DCFS supports individuals looking to adopt or become foster parents. Once a child is adopted, DCFS is no longer involved in or responsible for the care, supervision or custody of the child. Adoptive parents assume all rights and responsibilities to make important decisions for their child, such as the right to consent to major medical care and treatment. Adoption is permanent and lifelong, and is only possible when the birth parents have voluntarily given up their parental rights or their rights are terminated by the court.
DCFS supports adoptive parents and families throughout the adoption process. Resources available to adoptive families may include:
-Reimbursement of court costs and attorney fees related to the adoption
-Monthly adoption subsidies to help provide the child with food, clothing, and other basic needs
-Enrollment in Medicaid to provide supplemental assistance with the child's health care needs
-Counseling for the child and family
-Therapeutic day care
-Prospective adoptive parents must complete 27 hours of training to become a licensed foster parent before being matched with a child, and an additional 9 hour training focused on the adoption process.
- This service is free
- Adults accepted
How to Apply
Call 800-572-2390 or fill out the online interest form to begin the adoption process or to request more information. Click here for information on children waiting to be adopted.