Types of Adoption

If you’re ready to open up your heart and your family, CHS can help. We’re here to listen, offer support, and ultimately help more children find a lasting and loving home.

Adopt an Older Child

Family for every child, at every age

We want to see the children who have been in foster care the longest find a safe and loving family. We connect them to extended family or an adoptive family who could be their perfect match. Children served by this model are three times more likely to be adopted than those who are not.

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Relative Adoption

Preserving a child’s sense of family

Relative Care (kinship care) refers to children who are placed in the home of a relative or close family friends after they are removed from their parents’ care. By keeping children with adults, they already know and trust, we can ease the transition to a new family and help preserve their existing, meaningful relationships.

Foster Care Support

Infant Adoption

Matching birth parents with adoptive families 

Our Infant Connections program pairs birth parents with adoptive families they can trust. We work with a limited number of families who are willing to honor commitments they make to birth parents and learn about adoption issues. The program is inclusive of all types of families and offers:

  • Individualized supportive consultation throughout the adoption process
  • Educational workshops and materials to prepare for adoption and post adoption
  • Support in navigating closed or identified adoption
  • Lifelong Post Adoption Services for adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees


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Becoming an Adoptive Parent

You don’t have to have all the answers. You just need to know the answer to this one simple question: are you ready to experience a more meaningful life? If so, you might be the perfect match for a child or children who want nothing more than a permanent family.

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Supportive Post Adoption Network

When you need assistance navigating the adoption journey, we are here. CHS provides adoption services and resources to help families overcome the challenges they face, no matter how large or small.

Adoption FAQs

If you have questions, we can help. Click here to explore commonly asked questions about adoption and our services.

  • We encourage our families to both foster and provide respite while waiting to be matched, as this enhances your experience parenting a child with trauma.

  • You can both foster and adopt. It is important to know that most of the children needing an adoptive family are above the age of 9 or part of a sibling group.

  • Most of the children currently needing an adoptive family are above the age of 9 or part of a sibling group.

  • There is a $120 clerk filing fee per child, due during the time of adoption and should you elect to retain an attorney, the attorney with whom we partner charges $500 per child, both of these fees are often reimbursable. There are also incidentals during the foster care licensing process. (CHS licenses all families whether they want to foster, adopt, or both), and many of those can be found in the PDF booklet for here.

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