When starting the
adoption process, you have options. You can adopt a child from the U.S. foster
care system, adopt an infant or child in the U.S., adopt a child from
another country or adopt a stepchild.
child from the U.S. foster care system Children waiting in the foster care system
vary in age, from infants to young adults. The average age of a waiting child
is 8, and many have brothers or sisters with whom they should stay. The
majority are healthy children who simply need and deserve loving and supportive
adults in their lives. Some children have medical challenges, but these
disabilities or conditions are often treatable. It is important to understand
that some medical and emotional disabilities are not easily corrected. But
support and resources are available to help. Begin by contacting your state’s
infant in the United States If you would like to adopt a baby, contact your state’s public
agency, a licensed private adoption agency or an adoption attorney.
child from another country Hundreds of thousands of children from around the world who are
orphaned need families. Rules governing international adoptions can change
quickly and can be complicated. If you are interested in adopting a child from another
country, it is important to work with an experienced and ethical agency, group
a stepchild A stepparent who adopts agrees to become the legal
parent and be fully responsible for his or her spouse’s child.
Coast Adoptions is here to help connect adoptive and birth families. Call us at (850) 999-7977 to find out
more about our services.