Adoption and Foster Care
The different types of adoption and the maze of the foster care system can be daunting for prospective parents. This overview may be helpful as a beginning step toward learning about adoption and foster care. The Office of Foster Care and Adoption also offers consultation tailored to your personal interest, needs, and questions on the topic.
History of Secrecy and Openness in Adoption
Contemporary research has shown the value of openness in adoption and the negative results of secrecy.
Types of Adoption
There are three main types of adoption: public, private domestic, and international.
Language of Adoption
Learn how to talk about adoption and foster care with positive language. Sensitivity, accuracy, and respect can help avoid unintentionally hurting feelings.
Adoption Consulting for Families
We provide information and training, from an objective perspective, about permanent placements through our adoption consultation service.