Adoption ProgramAll children deserve a permanent home. Adoption services are used when children in state custody can't return to their original home. Children may be adopted by relatives, families who fostered them, or other families seeking to add a new family member. Finding a permanent and loving home where the child can be safe and thrive is always the goal.
Adoption assessments are done in a way that prepares and trains families to foster or adopt a child who has unique needs. Families and children are matched in an attempt to find the very best family for each child.
Adopted children may qualify for adoption assistance until they are 18 years old. The goal is to ensure a successful experience for both the child and the family.
Adoption agencies are licensed and must meet state laws, regulations, and other requirements when placing a child for adoption. Utah laws regulating adoption may be found at http://www.hspolicy.utah.gov/dcfs.
As children move from foster care to adoption, important issues must be covered in working with the child, the birth family, and the adopting family. See the Transitions in Foster to Adoption Team Checklist.
For listings of Post-Adoption Services by County, please click here.
For information on becoming a foster parent, see the Utah Foster Care Foundation at http://www.utahfostercare.org/. Individuals who wish to adopt children in state care must first become licensed foster parents.
Information is also available from the Child Welfare Gateway at www.childwelfare.gov/adoption.
Additional information on adoptions and children waiting to be adopted is available at The Adoption Exchange, https://www.utdcfsadopt.org/index.shtml. The Exchange provides general information on how to adopt a child, how to begin, costs, and chances for placement. The Exchange also offers a monthly class called Adoption Questions.
Information on licensed adoption agencies is available at http://www.hslic.utah.gov/adoption.htm.
For results of a 2008 needs assessment survey for post-adoption supports, click here.