The Fost-Adopt program was created to bridge the gap between a child’s initial need for temporary care and the long-term need for a permanent home. HFS works with public social services to assist in these placements.
HFS social workers train fost-adopt parents and place a child in their care before the parental rights of child’s biological parents have been permanently terminated. Fost-adopt parents make a commitment to adopt the child if and when those rights are terminated and the child is legally free to be adopted.
The Fost-Adopt process consists of the following sequence of steps:OrientationRegistration/
PlacementThe adoption process begins with two-hour orientation that walks participants through the adoption process. Holy Family Services provides monthly orientations to prospective adoptive parents seeking information about the infant adoption and fost adopt programs. We equip prospective parents with a step-by-step overview of the legal, financial and emotional process in becoming adoptive parents. HFS lays out a clear framework for what’s required by state law to qualify to become adoptive parents. Once the orientation step is completed, HFS provides a registration packet that includes self-study materials and intake forms. Individuals and/or couples who choose to proceed submit their completed materials along with a non-refundable $100 registration fee which initiates the intake interview.Upon completion of the intake interview, prospective parents will receive an application. This detailed packet includes a checklist of ALL California requirements for adoption, including medical clearances, criminal background checks, birth and/or marriage certificates, financial disclosure forms, references, etc.HFS will provide prospective parents pursuing foster adoption with specialized training to enhance their knowledge of child development and parenting skills specific to the needs of adopted children.For those wishing to adopt an older child, Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) classes are provided. This 30-hour course is designed for introspection and to learn what to expect from a child who has lived in an unhealthy home environment and been in foster care for an extended period of time.These classes are mandatory for older child adoptions.After applicants have completed the application packet and attended the related training, HFS will conduct one-on-one and couple interviews (if applicable). HFS will also evaluate the home for safety. This information is collected to create a family analysis or home study.All State of California adoptions require an official a home study that evaluates the qualifications of prospective adoptive parents. The home study considers prospective parents’ personal history, financial stability, medical well being and current home safety. HFS walks individuals and families through the process in a respectful and non-judgmental way.Once prospective parents have received an approved home study they are approved for adoption and the matching process begins. HFS works with surrounding public agencies to identify children meeting adoptive criteria (age, gender, ethnicity, etc.).Unlike infant adoption, children placed through the fost-adopt program enter the home as foster children prior to the completion of the adoption process, with the clear understanding that they will be adopted by the foster parents as soon as possible. They remain with their new families as foster children until the process of terminating birth parent rights is complete, and the adoption process is formalized.