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Each year, hundreds of people from all walks of life single, married, gay, straight, young, older and from varied race, religious and cultural backgrounds adopt children from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Adoption and Permanency Resources Division.

Adoptive homes are currently needed for:
  • Toddlers, school age children and teens.
  • African-American and Latino children.
  • Sibling groups and
  • Children who have specific medical, emotional or physical needs.
These children are in need of the love and security that only a permanent family can provide. Last year more than 2,000 children left the foster care system for loving adoptive families through the Department's adoption services.

Adoptive parents are people like you - real people with real lives full of ups and downs, accomplishments and set-backs. They are resourceful problem solvers who are comfortable with themselves and confident that almost everything works out in time. Adoptive parents feel that they have something to give and the ability to provide the nurturing and love that all children, especially adoptive children, need.

Adoptive parents do not need to own their own home or have a certain income, but simply show that they can support their new family and offer a suitable, safe, and stable environment. DCFS provides adoption preparation and completes home studies for residents of Los Angeles County. Your first step is to contact us by phone or e-mail to schedule to attend an adoption information meeting. At the meeting you will receive an adoption application and the information you need about the process.

Homestudies completed by other licensed adoption agencies are also accepted for possible placement of children.

The Adoption Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to parents for adopted children is available, as well as the State's medical insurance, Medi-Cal.

Creating a family by adoption can be a challenging undertaking, but it is also one of life's most satisfying and rewarding experiences - for you, for your adopted child and for your family.

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