How to Complete a Foster Care Adoption in Arkansas
We know that because every family’s situation is different, many families find foster care adoption in Arkansas to be the perfect fit for them. While this process comes with its own sets of challenges and rewards, it can be a beautiful way to add a child to a family.
Are you considering foster care adoption in Arkansas? If so, this guide is meant to help. Learn a bit more about this adoption path below, and please contact a local foster care agency to get more information. If you're not sure where to start, reach out to one of our adoption specialists so we can point you in the right direction.
If you feel like fostering to adopt or adopting form foster care in Arkansas is the way you want to grow your family, this is great option. While American Adoptions does not facilitate foster care adoptions, we encourage anyone to find the type of adoption that is right for them. If you’re unsure of the right type for you, make sure to read our guide to domestic infant adoption in Arkansas, too.
How Does Foster Care Adoption in Arkansas Work?
The Arkansas foster care adoption process may vary based on your individual circumstances and the professional you work with. That’s why we encourage every hopeful adoptive parent to contact a local agency early in the process to truly understand what adopting a child from foster care in Arkansas will look like for them.
In most cases, when you choose adoption out of the foster care system in Arkansas, you will likely adopt a child who is older, part of a sibling set, or has significant medical or emotional special needs. This type of adoption comes with its own set of challenges, so it’s important that you are prepared ahead of time and ready for this unique journey.
It’s important to keep in mind that fostering to adopt may not always be a permanent solution. The goal of foster care is to reunite the child with their biological family when they are able to properly provide for them. If the uncertain nature of foster care doesn’t align with what you are looking for as a means to start your family, domestic infant adoption is still an option for you. You can call 1-800- ADOPTION or get more information online to learn more about the adoption process and how we can help.
To help you start your research, here is a general overview of how the Arkansas foster-to-adopt system works:
Step 1: Decide whether you’re interested in foster parenting, fostering to adopt, or adopting from foster care in Arkansas.
Step 2: Contact a local foster care agency.
Step 3: Complete parenting classes.
Step 4: Complete an application or parent profile. This will include information about yourself as well as your interest in adoption or foster parenting.
Step 5: Complete a home study.
Step 6: Wait for placement, whether that’s with a foster child or a child you wish to adopt. If your goal is to foster parent, you will most likely be placed with a child very quickly. If your goal is to pursue adoption from foster care in Arkansas, you may have to wait longer for a match.
Who Can Adopt a Foster Child in Arkansas?
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent or adopting from foster care in Arkansas, you don’t have to be the perfect parent. You do, however, have to meet some general requirements:
Be at least 21 years of age
Have no more than a 45-year age difference between yourself and the child you wish to adopt
Be either single or in a two-parent home with a stable relationship
Be healthy enough to parent a child
Have a home in which each bedroom has at least 50 square feet of space per occupant
Keep any and all firearms in a locked, secure location and stored separately from ammunition
Be able to provide all children of opposite sexes over 4 years of age with separate bedrooms
Not smoke around children
Pass background checks
Of course, meeting all of these requirements will not automatically mean you can foster parent, foster to adopt, or adopt a foster child in Arkansas. There are some additional steps you’ll have to take first, which you’ll learn more about next.
What is Required When Adopting from Foster Care in Arkansas?
If you meet all the prerequisites for becoming a foster parent or adopting a foster child in Arkansas, there are some additional requirements you’ll have to fulfill:
Complete CPR and Standard First Aid certification.
Complete 30 hours of pre-service training.
Meet all Minimum Licensing Standards set forth by the Child Welfare Agency Review Board and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.
Meet all policy requirements set forth by the Division of Children and Family Services.
Be a resident of Arkansas, if you wish to foster-to-adopt and not just adopt a child outright..
Foster Children for Adoption in Arkansas
At any given time, there are thousands of children in in the American foster care system. While many will eventually be reunited with their biological parents thanks to a supportive foster parent, hundreds are awaiting a second chance at a loving, welcoming family.
If you’re interested in adopting through foster care in Arkansas, you can view foster children for adoption on an Arkansas foster care adoption photo listing. Project Zero maintains the current listing of foster children for adoption in Arkansas.
If you think you may be interested in pursuing foster care adoption in Arkansas, fill out an Inquiry Form with the Department of Child and Family Services. You can also contact one of these local foster care adoption agencies:
If you are still considering private infant adoption in Arkansas to build your family, you can always call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time to speak with our specialists and learn more about our agency programs or get free information online.
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