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Give a Child a Permanent Home
What is adoption?
- Legal transfer of all parental rights and obligations from one person or couple to another person or couple.
- After the adoption is finalized in court, the adoptive family has all the legal rights and responsibilities of a birth parent.
Who are the children in need of adoption?
- The majority, ages 5 to 11, are children in the foster care system.
- The parental rights of their birth parents have been permanently terminated in court.
- Most of the children have special needs.
- More than half are minorities, and more boys than girls are waiting for homes.
- Many of the children have physical or emotional problems because of prior neglect or abuse, or multiple foster home placements.
How do I qualify to become a Tabor adoptive parent?
- You must be 21 or older.
- Your income must be adequate to care for a child.
- You and everyone in your family age 18 and older must have a police and a child abuse clearance.
- You attend 10 weeks of training for 2.5 hours each week.
- An adoption social worker from Tabor Children’s Services will complete your home study.
What happens in the adoption process?
- The matching process begins when a child is identified and is placed in your home for a minimum of six months post-placement supervision.
- The social worker will visit your home and address any problems or questions that arise
- Your attorney will file an Intent to Adopt Petition with the court 30 days after placement.
- At the completion of the supervisory period, more legal papers are filed by your attorney, and the court schedules a date for the finalization hearing.
Are subsidies available?
- Yes, if the child has special needs.
- Yes, if the child is a member of a minority group, or is age 3 or older.
- The child will be eligible for a monthly subsidy that may continue until the child reaches age 18.
How do I start the process?
- Call Tabor Children’s Services, toll-free: 1-800-220-3449, extension 406.
- Just tell us you are interested in learning more about adoption.
- Or complete this simple form online.