Adoptions Program

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The Adoptions program provides services for children, birth parents and applicant families. The Adoptions program is licensed and designated by the State of California DSS to investigate and report to the Juvenile Court on all Independent adoption petitions filed in San Diego County.

For more information phone 877-423-6788 or send us an email.

Para Informacion en Español llame al 619-585-5290.

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 Adoption Links

For additional information on the process and experience of adoption please use these links, or call the number above.


 Adoptions Overview

Adoption is a legal process that permanently transfers parental rights from birth parents to adoptive parents. It means taking a child into your home as a permanent family member. It means caring for and guiding children through their growing years and giving them the love and understanding they need to develop to their full potential.

Social workers counsel birth parents that are voluntarily considering adoption for their born or unborn child, make referrals to assist them in their decision, and provide relinquishment services. Social workers also evaluate adoptive homes for placing children, some of who are dependents of the Juvenile Court and are unable to be returned to their biological parents. Many of the children have special needs, may be older or part of a sibling group.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Finding permanent families for children.
  • Assisting prospective adoptive families through the home study process.
  • Counseling parents who are considering relinquishment of their children.
  • Stepparent adoptions.
  • Post adoption services (child and parent support groups, parent education, and other referrals as needed).
  • AAP (Adoptions Assistance Program) Financial Assistance.
  • Free educational classes on a range of adoption, child development, and parenting topics.

At any given time, more than 40 children in San Diego County's foster care system are waiting for permanent adoptive placement. The children range in age from toddlers to young teens, come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, or are siblings who need to be placed together. Some children may have medical, educational or emotional needs that require special attention. We are looking for mature individuals who have the flexibility, commitment, humor, love and understanding it takes to be a parent. Children right here in our own community need a place to call home.

Contact San Diego County HHSA Adoptions for information. Adoption orientation meetings are regularly held several times a month in a variety of locations. These are designed to explain the application process and help you learn more about children who need a family of their own.

Download Foster Family Agency Forums Schedule

The Adoption Assistance Program is available to provide financial assistance and medical coverage for many of today's children. This assistance may continue until the child is 18 or, under certain circumstances, age 21.

Did You Know?

  • Both single and married people can adopt.
  • You do not have to own a home or make a lot of money.
  • There are many types of financial assistance available to help families adopt or to cover the special costs associated with meeting the needs of some children.
  • You can adopt a child of any race.
  • Your home does not need to be perfect, just safe.
  • There are free classes available to help prepare you to become an adoptive parent.

All children need love, consistency and commitment and a family to which they belong.

For more information phone 877-423-6788 or send us an email.


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