1. Beginning the Process
    • The process of adoption begins with an initial conversation with a Kinship Center adoption professional. Prospective adoptive parents may call (831) 455-4731 (Central Coast and No CA) or (714) 979-2365 (So CA). Someone will speak to you then or return your call promptly.
    • Or you may complete and submit the Adoption Interest Form and someone will call you.
    • There is no specific income requirement, and it is not necessary to own your own home.
  2. Preliminary Steps:
    • In the initial conversation, the adoption professional will gather some basic information from you.
    • You will then be invited to an information meeting with other prospective adoptive parents, a Kinship Center Family Recruiter and a Kinship Center Social Worker. Adoption information meetings are held monthly at Kinship Center locations throughout California.
  3. Information Meeting:
    • At the two-hour information meeting, the process of adoption is described, including the different kinds of adoption. You will have the chance to ask any questions you may have.
    • At the end of the meeting, those interested in taking the next steps are given a questionnaire to complete there or take home and mail.
  4. Application Process:
    • When the completed questionnaire is received, prospective adoptive parents will be sent a registration packet.
    • A social worker is available to assist you with completion of the packet if needed.
    • When the completed registration packet is received, a social worker will contact you and set up a first interview.
    • After the interview, prospective adoptive parents will be issued a full application. As part of this process, applicants are asked to submit an autobiography, which will help your assigned social worker prepare your home study (family assessment), as required by state law.
  5. Home Study (Family Assessment)
    • Your social worker will oversee the home study (family assessment) process.
    • The process includes further interviews, both in the office and in the home, eight 2.5-hour adoption preparation classes, a home safety inspection, and state-mandated documentation such as fingerprints, first aid training, verification of employment, child abuse index clearance and other items.
    • At the successful completion of the home study (family assessment), certification will be established and the prospective adoptive parents will be eligible to have a child placed with you.
  6. Placement
    • Your social worker will be able to give you an estimated timeline for the match, depending on your unique circumstances and desires.
    • Experienced Kinship Center professionals will provide assistance in making the best match between a child and a family.
    • Kinship Center is particularly noted for its in-depth parent education and support during the adoption process and after the adoption is finalized.

For more information please call (831) 455-4731 (Central Coast and No CA) or (714) 979-2365 (So CA).

Kinship Center is accredited by the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, and licensed statewide for adoption programs by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division. Kinship Center’s foster family programs are licensed regionally by the California Department of Social Services and Community Care Licensing, and our mental health programs are certified by Orange, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

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