Foster-Adoption Program

Finding Forever Families for children in Foster Care

U.S. Foster-Adoption Program

Over 114,000 children are waiting in the United States Foster Care System to be adopted.  These waiting children cannot be reunited with their biological families.  There is a strong need for families in this program.

Children available include:

  • Children ranging in age from 2-18 (Average age is 8 and above)
  • 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 must be at least 25 years of age
  • Adoptive Parents must be at least 15 years older than the child they adopt
  • Single, married, or 2 yr+ partnerships
  • Children currently residing in the home must be at least 6 years old
  • Idaho Resident

Training Requirements

Each adoptive family is required to attend a three-day training (offered in person OR virtual) with A New Beginning to prepare the family for the most positive child placement.  An additional 17 hours of independent training will be assigned and required as well as participation in support group activities.  The intensive in-person/zoom training includes topics addressed below, but not limited to

  • attachment issues
    trauma
    transition and blending families
    grief and loss
    neglect and abuse
    parenting styles and techniques
    identifying behaviors and management techniques

In person/zoom trainings are provided 3-4 times per year.  

First Steps

Home Study Process

  • Pay the home study fee
  • Complete the home study paperwork
  • Have meetings with your Adoption Specialist
  • Have an approved home inspection by a licenses Social Worker
  • Complete a short overview for state caseworkers

While You Wait

  • Pay the program fee and join the program
  • Participate in support groups
  • Support from your Adoption Specialist throughout the nationwide search of potential child or sibling group placements
  • Submit inquiries with support by your Adoption Specialist on children you are interested in receiving more information on
  • Adoption Specialist will work as a liasion between adoptive family and the child’s social worker
  • Attend selection committee(s)
  • Receive ongoing support from your Adoption Specialist
  • Join our Monthly Foster-Adopt Zoom Group
  • Read additional education topics relating to trauma

Placement and Finalization

  • Match!
  • Review the child’s paperwork
  • Create a service plan with your Adoption Specialist
  • Visit the child
  • Prepare for placement
  • Placement!
  • Agency Counselor will addres attachment, transition and/or specific issues related to your adoption
  • 6 months of post-placement supervision (monthly visits with your Adoption Specialist)
  • Finalization!