Adoptions FAQ

To obtain additional information about adoptions, click here to link to the State website: "A Guide to California Adoptions."

  1. What is adoption? Adoption is a legal process which permanently gives parental rights to adoptive parents. Adoption 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 their full potential.

    The California Kids Connection program was developed as California's registry of children waiting to be adopted and of families wanting to adopt. The program offers both a secure website accessible only to California licensed adoption agency personnel and a public site accessible to any Internet user. The public site is available to anyone using the Internet at Visitors to this area of the website may view and indicate their interest in specific children by sending an immediate email to the adoption agency identified for each child. This site features children for whom legal clearance has been granted by the court.
  2. If you would like to adopt a child, contact: Riverside County Department of Public Social Services 1-800-665-KIDS
    Ask to speak with an agency representative and be referred to an Orientation which will explain more about the adoption process. After the Orientation, if you make the decision to adopt, you must complete and submit a written application to Riverside County Adoptions and to Community Care Licensing. You will be contacted to come in for an initial interview by Riverside County Adoptions and may be invited to start in the Resource Family Training classes. After you have completed classes and are licensed by Community Care Licensing, you will by assigned an adoptions social worker to discuss the type of child you wish to adopt and the children that are available through the public adoption agency. You must participate in a Home Study process or "family assessment" which consists of a thorough review of your history, including criminal, medical, employment, emotional, marital, and life history, and your home environment, as required by law. This process is a joint effort by the agency and the adoptive applicants. The agency evaluates and determines your ability to provide a stable, safe and permanent home to a child who is available for adoptive placement.

    You may also wish to consider adoption through a licensed private adoption agency. You will need to contact licensed private agencies in your area for information about their services, requirements and fees.
  3. Both of us work. Will I have to quit my job if I want to adopt or be a foster parent?
    No. Both parents may work as long as appropriate childcare arrangements are made. The State also enacted new legislation which extends disability compensation to allow individuals to take time off work to bond with a new child.
  4. What type of adoptions does Riverside County handle?
    Riverside County completes adoptions with families that become a fully approved adoptive home through Riverside County Adoptions. These families are then matched with a child who is a dependent of the Riverside County Juvenile Court and who will not be reunifying with their birth parents. In some instances, these families also get matched to children who are relinquished to Riverside County Adoptions by way of a Standard Relinquishment. Riverside County also completes adoptions for children who are being adopted by their current foster parents, or for children who have been placed by the Juvenile Court with a relative who wishes to adopt.
  5. What is the difference between adoption and guardianship?
    Adoption is the permanent legal assumption of all parental rights and responsibilities for a child. Adoptive parents have the same legal rights and responsibilities as parents whose children are born to them. Adoption is the preferred permanent plan for children who are unable to be reunified with their birth parents.

    A guardian is someone appointed by the court to care for a child until he or she is 18. The court can make a decision about guardianship whether or not the parent agrees. If you become a guardian, the court grants you the right to make most decisions regarding the child.
  6. Is there financial assistance provided once the adoption is final?
    Financial Assistance in the form of Adoption Assistance Payments (AAP) and some medical coverage is available to families who adopt children from our agency. Most of our children qualify for AAP regardless of the adoptive parent’s income. This assistance may continue until the child is age 18 or, in certain circumstances, age 21. In addition, the federal government provides tax incentives to assist families with the cost of adoption.

    Post Adoption Services are provided to adoptive families and adopted children. These services include crisis intervention services, referrals to counseling, post adoption inquiries, support groups for adoptive families and their children, and other services.

For more information on how to become a Foster/Adoptive parent, please contact 1-800-665-KIDS.

Additional Services
Post Adoption Services
Intake line: (951) 358-5392
11070 Magnolia Avenue Suite B
Riverside, Ca. 92505

Recertification and time limited case management of the post adoption caseload, includes the following:

  • Providing referrals to meet the child’s/family needs
  • Team Decision Making meetings
  • Group Home screenings with the Department of Mental Health
  • Consulting with and obtaining documentation from other service agencies and personnel, such as, attorneys, group homes, mental health, Inland Regional Center, and others
  • Sharing post adoption information which may include: Consent for Contact forms AD904, facilitating contact between adoptive families and birth families and/or siblings, providing verification of adoption for the D.A., case research and sharing of information to other child welfare investigating agencies
  • Assistance to obtain the amended birth certificates by mediating and coordinating the exchange of documents between the Juvenile Court and the Office of Vital statistics in Sacramento
  • Determining an appropriate level of Special Care Increments for the child’s special needs
  • Assessing and determining eligibility for AAP requests from outside adoption agencies
  • Initiating AAP for deferred agreements.