Left to right: HFS Adoptee Chuck with all four of his half siblings Cassandra, Marina (mom), Jessica, Sarah and Kevin. HFS is responsible by law to physically keep adoption files in paper for 99 years. Since the agency has been around since 1949, that means it “still has” every adoption file that has come through…
Our Fost-Adopt program was created to bridge the gap between a child’s initial need for temporary care and the long-term need for a permanent home. HFS works with public social services to assist in these placements. In California, foster parents are now called Resource Parents. Even if you are only interested in having foster youth placed in your home for the purposes of adoption, you will still be considered Resource Parents.
HFS social workers train Resource Parents and place a child in their care before the parental rights of child’s biological parents have been permanently terminated. Resource Parents make a commitment to adopt the child if and when those rights are terminated, and the child is legally free to be adopted.
The Fost-Adopt process consists of the following sequence of steps: