November 2021


Finalizing an Adoption


Children and youth in the foster care system come from various backgrounds and range in age from newborn to 21. While many are reunited with their biological parents, loving adoptive parents are needed for children and youth who cannot safely return home. Adopting from foster care not only creates or expands a family, it also gives the stability and security children need in order to thrive.


Adopting from foster care starts by becoming an approved resource parent through the County of Orange Social Services Agency. The process from approval to finalizing an adoption may seem overwhelming and confusing. Below is a general guide to help clarify the steps and expectations that are part of finalizing an adoption. For more information about adoption, click here.