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Natural Child:
Any child who is not artificial.

Real Parent:
Any parent who is not imaginary.

Your Own Child:
Any child who is not someone else’s child.

Adopted Child:
A natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own.

---Rita Laws, PhD


Adoption is the permanent, legal transfer of all parental rights from one person or couple to another person or couple.

Adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children are born to them, and adopted children have all the emotional, social, legal and kinship benefits of birth children.

There are several ways to adopt a child: through a public agency, private agency or attorney.

Hannah’s specializes in Adoption from Foster Care which is also known as “Fost Adopt.”

Brief Overview of the Fost-Adopt Process

Getting Started:  Orientation & Application
Attend our Orientation Meeting about the Fost-Adopt Program
Initial Home Inspection scheduled
Complete the Application, Statement of Understanding, Release of Information, Criminal Record Statement, & Medical Form w/Lab Results
Return completed forms with copies of submitted fingerprint Live Scan Forms and County Clearance Documents

Step 1:  Becoming a Certified Resource & Adoptive Parent
Complete  PRE Approval training to prepare for the adoption of a child(ren).
Complete the Home Study process with an assigned social worker from HCH. (The Home Study is an in-depth report that is completed through documentation & a series of interviews:  a couple/single adult interview, individual interviews with all family members, & a Home Safety Inspection).
Your Home Study is reviewed & approved by Hannah’s Children’s Homes. 
Your Home Study is distributed to Counties for matching

Step 2:  Matching Children to be Adopted & Fost-Adopt Families
There are many ways in which the matching process occurs:
Approved Fost-Adopt Family provides Foster Care
    Family gets to know the children in their home over time
    The family expresses their interest in adopting a child placed with them
Approved Fost-Adopt Family participates in our Matching Program
    HCH attends county matching meetings, receives daily e-mail notices & monthly mailings
    HCH and Family search a state website called California Kids Connection
Approved parents are invited to appropriate matching events
   The matching process can take time & varies with the family, child(ren) & county involved.
   In-depth phone conference calls are held with all involved social workers & their supervisors
   Face-to-face presentations of the child’s information are arranged with the Fost-Adopt Family
   A series of Pre-placement visits to meet and transition a child into your home.
   Preparing everyone for the child(ren) to be moved into the fost-adopt home.

Step 3:  When Children are placed in Your Home
Hannah’s Children’s Homes works closely with your family & county social services
The first 6 months the child is in your home as a Foster Care Placement & HCH will visit weekly. 
After at least 6 months a child is legally free for adoption, Adoptive Placement papers signed.
Foster Care payments end & AAP payments begin.
Hannah’s Coordinates the Finalization Documents with the County, Court, & Attorney
The adoption is finalized in court!