North Star Family Center’s Adoptions Program looks forward to serving children and families that provide forever families and permanency.
Adoption Home Study Requirements
Adoptive parents complete forms on their criminal and employment backgrounds, among other paperwork. The home study process also includes an interview as to whether the potential parents are prepared for adoption. Some of the issues covered in the home study include:
- Is the house clean and safe via a home inspection?
- Is there room for the child and adequate living arrangement and space?
- Basic background and history of childhood?
- Family support systems?
- If the applicants are married, how long have they been married? (You don’t have to be married to adopt.)
- If people are adopting as a couple, are both people eager to adopt?
- Reasons for adopting?
- Do the applicants have any experience with children?
- Can they afford to have the child?
The goal of the interview and examination process is not to make sure the applicants have a lot of money, a big house, or a great deal of education. Instead, the goal is to verify that adoption is the appropriate choice for the family. The home study is also an opportunity for the potential parents to obtain information from the agency worker and to have their questions answered.
Cost of Fostering and Adoption
Typically, there is no fee for families interested in adopting a child or sibling group from foster care. Licensed public adoption agencies (also known as California Department of Social Services adoptions district offices) may require that you pay a fee of no more than $500. This fee may be deferred, reduced or waived under certain conditions.
You should also expect to pay for fingerprinting, medical examinations, court filing and other adoption-related costs such as CPR classes or any necessary water safety classes. These requirements are usually no more than $100 to $300, and some of these expenses may be reimbursable after the adoption is finalized.
Adoption Assistance Program
After a child is placed in adoptive placement, the prospective adoptive parents will be eligible to receive an AAP (Adoption Assistance Program) reimbursement per child adopted. The responsible public agency will determine the child’s special needs eligibility for participation in the program. If the child is deemed eligible, the responsible public agency will negotiate a signed adoption assistance agreement, or a deferred adoption assistance agreement will be executed with the adoptive parents, prior to the adoption finalization. A reassessment of the child’s needs and family’s circumstances is conducted every two years. The amount of financial assistance is determined based upon the special needs of the child and circumstances of the family. An adopted child who receives AAP benefits from California may move anywhere in the world and still receive monthly subsidy payments until the age of 18 or 21, if the child has a mental or physical disability.
California basic rates:
Specialized rates: Vary from $0 to $1,500 and are in addition to the basic rate (authorized by the individual county)
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