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Foster adoption questions

I was wondering if my agency home study could be used for a foster adoption (from another state)?

I was recently told about a situation where a foster baby is going up for adoption soon in another state, and it sounded like a great match for me.  I left a message with the case worker a week ago and never heard back.  I am just wondering if this is even a possibility, or if there is going to be too much red tape trying to adopt a foster baby from another state.  If anyone has any helpful advice, I’d appreciate it.


interstate adoptions in foster care are very difficult and time consuming; the icpc process before the child can come home can take 6 months (or even longer) and there is tons of paperwork and extra expenses.. they will attempt to place in state whenever possible, and will only place a child out of state to be with kin or if they cannot find a family to adopt instate. there are tons of foster parents who are begging to adopt infants. most likely the agency this baby is with has many, many instate applicants for this child. I am afraid you most likely won’t here back from the social worker, and if you do it will probably be to tell you they are placing in state.

Posted by rn4kidz on Jan 09, 2018 at 5:42am

Thanks for letting me know.  At least now I can move on from this idea.  It sounded a little too good to be true. 

Do private (not foster) interstate adoptions take less time than that?  I know it would still involve the ICPC,  But I would it at least be a able to take the baby home soon after its born, right?

Posted by Emiluke on Jan 10, 2018 at 4:19pm

yes, private adoptions are handled differently. I don’t know the specifics, but you should be able to bring the newborn home. I have heard of parents who had to stay in the baby’s state for a few weeks before they all came home, but that seemed to be an adoption agency requirement and not an ICPC issue.good luck!

Posted by rn4kidz on Jan 10, 2018 at 7:37pm

Each state has a period to clear birth dad rights or for birth mother to change her mind that may have something to do with it.

You can adopt a baby from foster care. I know lots of folks who have but it is a risk placement. You would get the baby from the hospital but depending on circumstances (birth parents completing plan, kinship placements eliminated) you may not know if the child is adoptable for several years.

Most children adopted from foster care are adopted by foster parents which is why there are seldom young healthy children available, they are most likely adopted by foster parents which prevents moves, trauma and attachment shocks for the child.

Some people are OK with these risks some are not.

Posted by Regina on Jan 11, 2018 at 12:08am

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