Is there room in your home and your heart for a waiting child?
Shasta County Health and Human Services is licensed by the state as a full-service adoption agency. Our adoption services are available to all Shasta County residents. Adoption permanently transfers parental rights from birth parents to adoptive parents, who become that child's "forever family." It means giving children the love and understanding they need to develop to their full potential.
The Adoptive Parent
We are seeking mature adults who have a stable family life, regular income, good health and a willingness to accept an adopted child as their own. Single parents can adopt, also. If you are flexible, patient, loving, caring and committed, you might have what it takes to adopt a child. Successful adoptive parents:
- Are family oriented and ready to parent
- Make and keep their commitments
- Are flexible and able to adjust to the unexpected and unknown
- Know that parenting is a skill and take advantage of opportunities to improve those skills
- Have a sense of humor
- Are risk takers
- Care deeply about children
- Feel that giving a child a family of his/her own is the most important thing they can do
- Have a strong family and neighborhood support system
- Enjoy even the smallest steps of progress
- Above all, they value their newly adopted child for what he or she can accomplish and appreciate the child's unique qualities
The first step in adopting a child is to attend an inquiry meeting, where you learn about the process and available children. After an orientation meeting, you will complete an application packet to determine the types of children that you would be willing and able to take into your home. This helps provide a good match for both you and the child.
Once the paperwork has been submitted, the home study begins. This allows the social worker can get to know you and help you learn whether adoption is right for your family. This allows us to make the best possible match. Social workers remain involved with families throughout the adoptive process until the adoption is finalized (and they can also provide support after the adoption). In most cases, financial assistance is available to help parents with the legal, medical and living costs associated with caring for a child with special needs. Learn more about the process here.
Want to know more?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Required of Adoptive Parents
Learn more at an inquiry meeting. Dates for 2014 are:
- January 21 6:30 pm
- February 18 11:00 am
- March 18 6:30 pm
- April 15 11:00 am
- May 20 6:30 pm
- June 17 11:00 am
- July 15 6:30 pm
- August 19 11:00
- September 16 6:30 pm
- October 21 11:00 am
- November 18 6:30 pm
- December 16 11:00 am
All meetings are at the Adoptions/Licensing office in the downtown mall. Call (530)225-5791 for directions, and for instructions to get in (mall doors are locked at 6 p.m.).
Do you have room in your heart and home for a waiting child?
Children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities await the chance to live, to laugh and to grow in a place they can call home. By becoming an adoptive parent, you not only bring a new life to a child, you ignite a love that replenishes the spirit of their freedom. For more information, call Denise Boehle at (530)225-5791 or email her.