California Adoption Information

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Adopting in California

Agency adoptions in California can be done by licensed public or private agencies. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) also places children for adoption. In order for the agency to place a child for adoption, the child's birth parents must have their parental rights terminated. A court can terminate rights and parents can relinquish their own rights to their child.

The CDSS helps birth parents who choose to place their child for adoption. They also help those families who want to adopt a child. They provide information and assistance to all families involved in the adoption process.

When an individual chooses to work with an adoption agency, they must realize that some birth parents want to pick the adoptive family that will be adopting their child. Some birth parents will choose the adoptive parents and place their name on the relinquishment document.

Other birth parents will not designate who the adoptive parents are to be. In this case, the birth parent does not add a name to the relinquishment document. The agency then has the responsibility to choose the adoptive parents for the child.

The agency will attempt to get as much information on the child as they can, so that they can make the best decision for the child, concerning which family to place the child with. The agency will look at the child's needs and medical background when considering their decision.

Some birth parents do not want to lose contact with the child, after placing them for adoption. This is also true for some of the child's birth relatives. California adoption law allows birth parents or birth relatives to enter into a Post-Adoption Contact Agreement with the adoptive parents. This Agreement is subject to court approval. In this agreement, birth parents or birth relatives may request to receive information about the child in the future. They may also request to have contact with the child.

Agency adoptions are not the only way to adopt in California. Those looking to adopt may know of some one who is having a baby and is planning to place the baby for adoption. In these circumstances, the family and the birthmother can do an independent adoption with the help of an Adoption Service Provider (ASP). The ASP will provide the documents needed to sign, so that the adoption can be legalized in California.

Some adoptive families choose to adopt children who are found in other countries. Inter-Country adoption requires the adoptive parents to complete and submit the I-600A form. This form is called “Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition”. When the family has found the child they will be adopting, then they must also fill out the I-600 form called “Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative”.

Inter-Country adoption agencies will guide the adoptive parents in the process of finding and adopting a child from another country.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in California.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples near California, provided as a service of

Children Waiting for Adoption in California

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in California who are hoping to be adopted.

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Visitor Comments (11)
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Michelle - 4 months ago
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I was born at SF General Hospital Sept 13 1969 and adopted from the Childrens Home Society in Oakland. I do not have my birth mothers name . I am in the process of requesting my birth records. I am looking for my birth mother and father and any siblings or family #1
Odilia - 3 months ago
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Eric Cheyne - 9 months ago
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Looking for a baby girl born 1xxxxx Oakland or San Francisco could be my first cousin. Birth mothers name Isabell Cheyne born Dec 18,1935 in NY, baby girl born out of wed-lock.Isabell was of Scottish decent,red hair blue eyes. I can be reached at ericcheyne@ or xxxxx. #3
Aaron Reese - 5 months ago
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Looking for sister born in San Francisco ca 1967-69 ? Mothers Karen name wheeler #4
Jessica - 5 months ago
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I will be happy to adopted babies because I want to have a good family #5
Scott lemieux - 2 years ago
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I found my birth mother 1 years ago. I am a adoptee who is looking for my half brother, who was put up for adoption by my birth mother, Janice Bruner ( maiden name Senna). She was from New Bedford, MA. I only know he born 05/22/1966 and it was a male born at Hillside hospital SanDiego, CA. My birth mothers maiden name was Janice Senna. Birthmothers Age at time of adoptees birth 27 #6
Eric - 9 months ago
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Looking for a first cousin born 1xxxxx Oakland or San Francisco California. Birth mother Isabell Cheyne born Dec 18,1935. She had a baby girl in early sixties in California out of week-long,that would be my first cousin. #7
Patricia - 1 year ago
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I'd like to find my birth mother. Her name is Ana Lammer. She should live around Los Angeles and could be as far up coast as Santa Paula, CA #8
Guest - 2 years ago
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I cant find my biological parents:( im 18 #9
natasha thompson - 2 years ago
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Hello I am looking for my half sister she was born at Mercy Hospital, Carmichael CA on May 14, 68 or 69. She was born in the Evening she was brench birth #10
Guest - 2 years ago
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Hello there, Warm greetings from Hope for Orphans and Rural Development Uganda. Hope for Orphans #11
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