HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you are reading this, you have started! It is that easy to begin your adoption quest.
Just call any of the Adoption staff at (800) 232-KIDS (Toll Free). Staff at these numbers can collect your contact information and mail you an informational packet about the foster care and adoption program provided by the Cabinet. Staff will be able to provide you with a name and phone number in your local area so that you may register for an informational meeting (which is the first step to becoming an approved adoptive home).
9 STEPS TO BEING APPROVED
Call 1-800-232-KIDS or your local Department for Community Based Services Office.
SHARE YOUR INFO
Share your information with DCBS staff. Tell us about your family, why you want to foster or adopt, and how you heard about us.
The informational packet can be obtained from the provided link on this website or we are happy to mail the packet upon request.
Attend two-hour informational meeting. Receive in-depth information, ask questions, get answers and begin paperwork.
Begin family application process and home visits. Download SNAP application.
Begin pre-service training. Complete paperwork, with staff help. Complete home study.
You will receive a certification letter when you are approved as a foster / adoptive parent.
Children are placed depending on their needs. Receive peer support from experienced parents.
RECEIVE CONTINUING BENEFITS
These include: ongoing training, medical card for child, child care assistance, child counseling services, respite care, tuition assistance, foster/adoptive mentors and support services.