Foster-Adoption Program

Finding Forever Families for children in Foster Care

U.S. Foster-Adoption Program

Over 114,000 children (which is only 1/3 of the children in Foster-Care) are waiting in the United States Foster Care System to be united with a forever family to call their own.  These waiting children can not be reunited with their biological families.  The foster-adopt children range in ages and are single children and/or sibling groups. There is a strong need for families in this program. A New Beginning provides families with the adoption education and support needed to have a healthy and successful adoptive placement.

  • Children ranging in age from 2-18
  • Single children
  • Sibling groups
  • All races
  • Reside in foster homes from 1-4 years
  • Survivors of abuse and neglect

General Adoptive Parent Requirements

  • Adoptive Parents should be at least 25 years of age
  • Adoptive Parents must be at least 15 years older than the child they adopt
  • Single or married or same sex partnerships/marriages
  • Children currently residing in the home must be at least 6 years old
  • Adoptive Family must reside in Idaho

Training Requirements

Each adoptive family is required to attend a two-day, with A New Beginning to best prepare the family for the most positive child placement.   Topics addressed in training include but not limited to attachment issues, trauma, transition and blending families, grief and loss, abuse situations.  An additional 17 hours of independent training is also required.  The 15 hours of training at A New Beginning’s training center is offered 3-4 times per year.   Topic and suggestions for independent learning will be provided by your adoption specialist.   Please note training is required prior to advancing to the home study stage of your adoption journey.  Contact your A New Beginning Adoption Specialists for the next training dates.  Both parent(s) are required to attend.

Meet the trainer, Sally Guyer and more information about the training.  Foster-Adopt Training Flyer

What to expect during your Foster-Adoption process

  • Attend information seminar
  • Application process and interviews
  • Adoptive Parent Training
  • Home Study by a licensed Social Worker
  • Support from your Foster-Adopt Program Coordinator throughout the nationwide search of potential child or sibling group placements, child match process and ICPC
  • Program Coordinator to function as liaison between adoptive family and the child’s state social worker.
  • Agency Counselor to address attachment, transition and/or specific issues related to your unique adoption
  • Child Placement
  • Post placement visits
  • Finalization
  • On-going support for children, parents and siblings

Next Step to start your adoption

  • Attend information seminar (schedule)
  • Complete your application form in the eAdopt system