1. Fill out a pre-application form
We review new applications weekly and invite couples into the program who are most likely to complete a timely, successful adoption.
2. Attend an Orientation
We schedule a time with you to discuss the details of our New Beginnings program and answer your questions. When you’re ready to move forward, you’ll meet your adoption team.
3. Complete your application and home study
We’ll help you complete the application process, which includes paperwork, personal references, medical history and a home study.
4. Attend parent-training courses
Key to the New Beginnings process, our training courses will help prepare you to bring a toddler or an older child/children into your home. The state requires extensive training for families adopting from foster care. Gladney offers the training four times a year in a concentrated program to make it more convenient for our families.
5. Receive a match
Child Protective Services selects the Forever Family for each child. You will review the child’s case file and meet with Child Protective Services (CPS), Child Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the foster family to discuss it. After reviewing all available information about the child, you give your formal “yes” to adopting the child. The CPS worker will tell the child about you and show the child your photo book.
6. Meet your Child and finalize your adoption
You will have at least three pre-placement visits, one of them being an overnight stay in your home. After placement, you will remain in supervision with Gladney and CPS for six months. Your adoption will then be finalized in court.