California Waiting Child Program – Foster Care Adoption with FCCA

FCCA was created with one goal in mind: to connect waiting children to permanent, loving families.

At the heart of this mission is our California Waiting Child Program, also known as “fos-adopt.” Through this program, we connect hopeful adoptive parents with the children who are meant to be part of their families.

If you are interested in adopting a child in California, FCCA can provide all of the services you need to reach your adoption goals, including:

Read on to learn more about our fos-adopt program and the California children waiting for adoption by a family like yours.

Who are the California children for adoption?   

Foster kids in CA come from many different backgrounds and are all ages, from infants to teenagers. These children enter foster care for a variety of reasons, through no fault of their own.

While many foster children are eventually reunited with their biological parents, homes are always needed for adoptable children who cannot be safely returned to their birth families. In California alone, approximately 80,000 children are in foster care, and almost 50,000 need permanent homes.

FCCA’s California Waiting Child Program focuses on low-legal-risk placements from California foster care, meaning that the child is very unlikely to return to the care of birth parents or be placed with another relative.

The majority of California waiting children in this low-risk program are:

While some infants and toddlers are available for adoption in California foster care, most of those situations are higher legal risk.  Meanwhile, families interested in adopting older children are always in short supply. If you are interested in adopting a teenager or older child, contact us to learn more. Many older kids available for adoption need permanent, loving families before aging out of the foster system.

Each month, FCCA receives information about hundreds of CA foster kids who are available and waiting for adoption. It is up to each family to determine the characteristics of the child they feel equipped to parent, including the child’s age, gender, racial background, medical needs, and more.

To learn more about the CA foster children and babies for adoption, please view the California adoption photolisting.

Foster Care vs. Adoption from Foster Care: Why FCCA’s Program is Different

In most traditional foster-to-adopt programs, a family agrees to provide temporary care to children who have entered the foster system. The initial goal is for these children to be returned to their biological family members. If that doesn’t happen, and a child in the foster family’s care becomes legally available for adoption, those foster parents are usually given the first opportunity to adopt the child. However, it is uncertain when any foster child will become legally available for adoption, if ever.

In contrast, FCCA’s adoption-focused, low-legal-risk aspect differentiates our California Waiting Child Program from other county adoption programs and most other fos-adopt agencies. Unlike those agencies and programs, FCCA will never ask you to be “just” a foster family; only the specific child you hope to adopt will be placed in your home.

Our fos-adopt program offers many of the same benefits as traditional foster care adoption programs, including low costs and minimal wait times, without the uncertainty of fostering to adopt or the likelihood of reunification.

How to Adopt a Foster Child in California

FCCA can provide all of the services you need to adopt from foster care in California, and we will be with you through each step of the process. Here’s how to adopt a child in CA through our fos-adopt program:

Altogether, most families are able to complete the entire CA foster care adoption process within 10–22 months of joining our agency. However, FCCA’s services do not end with finalization; we will remain available to answer your questions and provide additional resources as you need them. And don’t forget to stay in touch with us — we love receiving annual Christmas photos, graduation announcements, and the like. We consider you part of our family!

How much does it cost to adopt a foster child through FCCA?

Compared to many other types of adoption, adopting a foster child is one of the most affordable ways you can add to your family. On average, most families who adopt a child in CA foster care spend a total of about $2,000. This cost includes:

*Because FCCA doesn’t have a traditional foster care program, a home study fee of $1,500 is charged to cover the costs of our work. Most families who want to adopt find that this fee is well worth the opportunity to work with an agency that is focused only on adoption, and that specializes in low-risk cases. In addition, FCCA provides finalization services at no charge; most private fos-adopt agencies require a family to pay an attorney to assist with this process, resulting in a higher net cost to adopt.

In addition, children adopted through the California foster system qualify for Adoption Assistance Payments (AAP). This includes a monthly adoption subsidy payment, plus MediCal coverage for the child up to age 18. For more information about adoption subsidy qualifications and other adoption costs, contact FCCA for more information.

The Pros and Cons of Adopting through Foster Care

Over the years, FCCA has helped to create thousands of happy families through our California Waiting Child Program. For these parents, children and their extended family members, the advantages of foster care adoption are too numerous to count. A few of these benefits include:

Adopting a foster child can be a rewarding experience that benefits adoptive parents just as much as — if not more than — their children. However, foster care adoption is not right for everyone. Before beginning the fos-adopt process, here are some considerations to keep in mind:

While foster care and adoption can be difficult at times, the families who have been through this process firmly believe that the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

If you are interested in adopting an older child from foster care, please contact us or attend an upcoming information session to learn more about our California foster care adoption program. We would be happy to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation to discuss your adoption goals.


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