Adoption and Foster Care

Frequently Asked Questions: Adoption

Find questions and answers for prospective and adoptive parents, adopted individuals, and expectant and birth parents. The page links to general resources and frequently requested information.

Review Date: Monday, April 06, 2015

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Adoption: Where Do I Start?

Answers to questions that are commonly asked by persons who are considering adoption. Topics covered include what children are available for adoption; who can adopt; what kinds of costs are involved; the procedure for each type of adoption (agency, independent); privacy issues.

Review Date: Monday, December 01, 2014

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Are You Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption?

Are you pregnant and not sure that you are ready or able to raise your child? If so, you might be thinking about placing your baby for adoption. This factsheet gives you information about adoption, and directs you to resources in your community.

Review Date: Friday, April 03, 2015

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Being Adopted

This document answers kids' questions about adoption, how it works, why kids need to be adopted, and feelings you may have if you were adopted.

Review Date: Monday, June 01, 2015

The Nemours Foundation

Help for You and Your Family

Find links to a variety of financial and support resources available for families, refugees, Native Americans, individuals with developmental disabilities, youth and more.

Review Date: Friday, December 21, 2012

Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families

International Adoption: Health Aspects

Learn about the health of children adopted from another country, required medical exams, risk of infectious diseases, and how to prepare and care for your child's health once home.

Review Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians

Introduction to Hepatitis B for Parents of Adopted Children- (PDF)

Children from areas where hepatitis B is common (Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe) are frequently infected with hepatitis B early in life. Families adopting children from areas where hepatitis B is common should have their children tested as soon as possible after arrival in this country.

Review Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012

Immunization Action Coalition

Meet the Children: AdoptUSKids

Children throughout the United States are waiting for permanent families. Some have special physical, emotional or educational needs. More than 60 percent come from minority cultures. You will find over 3000 of these waiting children here on the AdoptUSKids website.

Review Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014


National Foster Care and Adoption Directory

Search this directory to locate domestic and international adoption and foster care resources in your state, including public and private agencies, support groups, and help with accessing adoption records.

Review Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Top Ten Facts about Adoption Tax Benefits

If you adopted or tried to adopt a child in the past year, you may qualify for a tax credit. Learn more about adoption tax benefits.

Review Date: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Internal Revenue Service

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