Learn More About Fostering to Adopt a Child

Adopt a ChildChildren need a home to call their own. Visit AdoptUSKids to learn more about adults who have accepted the call to adopt or become a foster family.

How to Adopt a Child Through Foster Care

Step 1 – Contact

Contact the Foster/Adoption Information Hotline at 1-800-821-9157 to obtain additional information.  If you would like to inquire about a child featured on the Mississippi Heart Gallery or AdoptUSKids, please email  adoptms.kids@mdcps.ms.gov

Step 2 – Application

Once your application has been received, it will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum requirements (such as age, length of marriage, sufficient income). You may be placed on a waiting list.

Step 3 – Training Sessions

If we are able to proceed with your application, you will be invited to attend a series of five weekly training sessions. The sessions cover topics such as how children come into our custody, how to explain adoption to a child, understanding the process of separation and attachment, child development, and how to manage behavior.

Step 4 – Home Study

You will be asked to participate in a series of interviews with a social worker. These interviews allow you and your social worker the opportunity to discuss practical as well as emotional factors surrounding adoption. The home study helps you and your social worker determine if you and your family are ready to foster to adopt and what type of child would best fit into your family.

Step 5 – Pre-Placement

Placement begins with short visits between you and the child and are gradually extended to overnight visits. When the social worker, the child, and you feel everyone is ready, arrangements will be made for placement in your home.

Step 6 – Post-Placement

Once a child is placed in your home, your social worker will visit several times to help you and your child with the adjustment process. These visits will continue for a minimum of six months until we can recommend the adoption be finalized by the court.

Step 7 – Adoption Finalization

You may choose any attorney you wish to represent you during the adoption proceedings in court. If you choose to hire a private attorney, MDCPS will reimburse non-recurring adoption expenses (court cost, attorney fees, and revised birth certificate) up to $600 per child.

Adoption Assistance

Applicants who adopt children with special needs are eligible to receive financial assistance until the child comes of age. A special-needs child is defined as any child two years of age or older; sibling groups of two or more; children with emotional, mental, or physical needs; or children with chronic medical conditions.

Cost: The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services does not charge any fees for its adoption services.

Who Can Foster to Adopt?

Requirements for Fostering to Adopt:

  • Legally single persons or legally married couples
  • Applicants who are at least 21 years old
  • Families and individuals whose income and insurance are sufficient to meet the additional needs of an adopted child
  • Individuals who meet accepted emotional, intellectual, and psychological standards to be good parents