Uplift Family Services has been a provider of behavioral health and adoption services to California children and youth for more than 150 years. We offer relevant, comprehensive training and prompt, confidential adoption services to children and families in Northern and Central California. Our goal is to help you adopt and find a loving home for a child in need.
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Uplift Family Services’ adoption program helps California children and youth up to age 19 who are placed in foster care find permanent homes. There are no adoption fees for applicants wishing to adopt a child in the foster care system. Families who adopt through foster care are also eligible to receive monthly adoption assistance payments and Medi-Cal benefits until the child turns 18.
We welcome California families and parents over the age of 21 of any ethnicity, race, religion, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, or income level. Adoptive parents can be single, married, couples, or domestic partners.
The process for adoption through foster care begins with applying to become a resource parent (the new name used for foster parents) through our online portal. If you’d prefer to speak directly to a resource family recruiter, you can use the form at the top of the page to find the nearest Uplift Family Services adoption office.
The first step of the application includes collecting information such as a criminal record statement, agreement forms, and policy and procedure forms. Once completed, a resource family recruiter will contact you to set up an informational interview, start a family and child profile, complete a background check, and finally, a home study is conducted to evaluate your readiness to adopt.
A few of the things we’re assessing during the home study include:
- Is the home safe for adoption?
- Your ability and motivation to parent a child
- Do all your house family members share the same excitement and goals of expanding your family?
- Is there adequate room for the new child?
- This does not require a large home. We only want to ensure each child has a separate bed, closet space, and chest of drawers, among other requirements.
- Although not required, do/does the applicant(s) have experience with children?
- Other information pertaining to your background, family history, health, and financial information
If you’d like to learn more about the California adoption process, please read our adoption FAQs.
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