How to Complete an Adoption in California

Through adoption, a child receives the love they deserve and a family becomes complete. But, adoption in California can be challenging. That’s why we're here to help you.

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With nearly 40 years of experience, Family Connections Christian Adoptions is licensed to provide adoption services in every county of California. We have helped thousands of families complete their parenthood dreams through our adoption programs. We would love to do the same for you.

Whichever adoption path you choose to pursue, you’ll find the best support for your California adoption when working with an adoption professional like us.

You can find our detailed guide to how adoption in California works below. But, if you want more information about the child adoption services and programs we can provide you, contact us today and find the office closest to you.

How FCCA Can Help You Complete an Adoption in California

Choosing the best California adoption professional for you and your family sets the course of your adoption. And when you work with us, you can rest assured that your adoption professional will assist you with:

Because our six offices are located throughout California, you can access our local adoption services and experienced professionals at your convenience.

Each office hosts information sessions and adoption classes for those interested in our programs, and local professionals can answer any additional questions you have about our other adoption services, including: 

Below is a more complete description of those services and the primary adoption programs we offer prospective adoptive families seeking an adoption in California:

California Adoption Home Study Services

The home study for adoption is required for any prospective adoptive family regardless of the type of adoption you pursue. As a fully licensed agency, we can complete your home study in California — and help you experience a less stressful process.

The most frequently accessed service that prospective adoptive parents use is our adoption home study.

The home study for adoption in California is an essential step that every hopeful adoptive family has to go through, according to California adoption laws. Our agency can help you prepare for this process to ensure you and your partner gets the support you need before finalizing an adoption.

If you would like more information about the home study in California, you can reach out to your local FCCA office today.

Foster Care Adoption in California

The primary goal of foster care is to reunite foster children with their biological family. But, if reunification is not possible, prospective adoptive families can pursue foster-to-adopt in California.

Currently, there are more than 55,000 children in foster care in California. Although majority will return to their biological parents, there are many who are ready to be adopted today.

Because our agency is licensed in every county of California, we can complete a foster care adoption in California and across the country. We are perhaps best known for our “fos-adopt” program, which places children who are in the foster care system for adoption with a permanent family.

From your first phone call through finalization, we will guide you through every step of the California adoption process for a foster care adoption.

Families looking to foster to adopt in California need to complete this program, which allows our professionals to help prospective adoptive families with the:

  • Child search
  • Home study
  • In-depth pre-adoption training
  • Post-adoption
  • Finalization and legal assistance

Additionally, adopting a child in California through foster care is low legal-risk, which typically means the children available for adoption are older or in sibling groups, with some degree of disabilities.

We provide you with the specialized training developed by the Trust-Based Relational Intervention Program, which will teach you the skills needed to help these children heal and grow. 

International Adoption in California

We offer international adoption agency services for direct placement of children with disabilities from Hong Kong through our partnership with Mother’s Choice and for relative adoptions from Nigeria.

Families that are interested in a Hong Kong adoption may work directly with us throughout the entire adoption process in California, including all of the services listed above, plus:

  • Child referrals
  • Dossier assistance
  • Travel arrangements assistance

To complete an international adoption in California from another country, we will provide your adoption home study and will connect you with a Hague-accredited adoption agency that has a placement program in your desired country. The international adoption agencies in California will help:

  • Educate you about their different international adoption programs
  • Find an adoption opportunity 
  • Coordinate the travel of your child into the United States

Once you return to the U.S., we can assist you with completing the post-placement supervision, as well as the paperwork and court process to have your adoption legally recognized in the United States.

Domestic Infant Adoption in California

If you dream of adopting a newborn baby, then domestic infant adoption in California is a great option for you.

In a domestic infant adoption, a prospective birth parent creates an adoption plan for their baby — typically during pregnancy. They work with an agency to find an amazing adoptive family (like you).

Once you are chosen by a prospective birth parent, you’ll have the chance to get to know each other through open adoption — which is not as likely with other types of adoption in California. Open adoption has proven benefits for you, the child and the prospective birth parent.

From your home study to placement and beyond, we can provide the guide and support you need to adopt a baby in California through domestic infant adoption. Our adoption program provides unique benefits to hopeful parents, like:

  • A short wait time
  • Financial protection
  • Fully licensed support

Additional Services for Adoption in California

We can help you complete the legal paperwork and set the court hearing for several other types of adoption, such as: 

If you are looking to complete one of these types of adoption in California, we encourage you to contact FCCA for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Additionally, we hold information sessions and pre-adoption training classes every month. You can view the current schedule here