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My husband and I live in California and went through all the training for Fostering to Adopt, and were then told that they had missed the fact the layout of our apartment did not fit State guidelines.
We have two bedrooms each with their own bathroom which is only accessible off said bedroom. No hallway access into either. We were shocked because we moved into the apartment so any child could have their own bathroom, and checked with the agency, who unfortunately didn’t pick it up until we were way down the line.
Friends who have fostered members of their own family were also amazed - one of them had their foster child in a curtained off area of the living room as a makeshift bedroom and that was deemed acceptable by the state.
We have been told we have to move if we want to foster to adopt here and moving is not an option right now. We are both from the UK originally. I am 40 and my husband is 46. We were hoping to foster to adopt. Can anyone advise - is this correct? Could we foster to adopt from another state? Is only paid for adoption open to us? If anyone could advise we would be really grateful. Thanks so much


I have no idea what the rules are but there is usually a way to get a waiver. Ask to talk to a supervisor or have a meeting and see if there is something that can be done.

Are you US citizens? Will they allow you to adopt if you are not? I have no idea just a thought.

You might try this agency for help

If the issue is no access from the hall will the landlord let you put in access and fix it when you move?

Don’t give up.
What age are you looking for?

Posted by Regina on Apr 21, 2017 at 12:51am

to foster adopt from another state you still need the homestudy in your state. it seems odd that they are making a big deal out of it since there are 2 bathrooms; it would be different if there were only 1 bathroom that was going to have a lot of people crossing through the bedroom to get to it. have you asked to talk to a supevisor? it may be that your caseworker is misinterpreting the guidelines.

Posted by rn4kidz on Apr 21, 2017 at 1:06am

That doesn’t seem right. We are also in Ca. We are in a house, but our daughter’s room has its own full bathroom only accessible through her room. Are you going through county social services?  An agency?  I’d ask for a supervisor to review the decision.

Posted by gocode03 on Apr 21, 2017 at 2:12am

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