Learn About Adoption

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Orientation Schedule

If you reside in Palm Beach County, our adoption information orientations begin promptly at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The orientations are held at Children’s Home Society of Florida located at 3333 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. No confirmation of attendance is necessary. For more information, please email jill.ortiz@chsfl.org.

Adoption Forms

Six basic steps in the adoption process:

  1. Orientation. Attend an informational meeting to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
  2. Preparation and selection. Attend MAPP, a required parenting and training course (free).
  3. Family study. An adoption specialist will get to know you and your family by visiting your home and meeting your family to discuss your personal history, family interests and lifestyle.
  4. Home study and application approval. Once your home study is approved, you can inquire about children based on your family’s strengths.
  5. Matching children and families. Once a child has been matched with your family, the meeting and visitation process begins. If everything goes well, the child will then move into your home.
  6. Adoption finalization. Once placed, there is a supervision period before the adoption process is completed and the court finalizes the adoption.

You should know…

You don’t have to be rich to adopt, but you must be able to provide for the basic needs of your family.

Adoptive parents can be married, single, divorced or widowed.

Adoptive parents may already have children. While some adoptive parents don’t yet have any, others have birth, adopted and/or foster children.

Fees associated with adopting a child from Florida’s foster care system are typically covered by the State of Florida.

An adopted child’s medical care is paid for by the State of Florida until the child’s 18th birthday.

An adoption subsidy may be provided for families to assist them in becoming a forever family. If approved, the subsidy is provided until the child’s 18th birthday.

Children adopted from the child welfare system are eligible for a four-year paid scholarship that covers tuition costs at any Florida college or university.