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Adoption in California

California is incredibly generous with their support for Birth Moms. There are not official guidelines for dictating how long expenses can be covered by Adoptive parents, but they are allowed to cover medical, legal, counseling, living. (Note: Payments in connection with placement for adoption or consent to adoption prohibited.) No wonder it's called, "The Golden State."

Home Study Providers in California

2 Home Study Providers in CA

$2,800 Average Home Study Cost

28 days Average Home Study Duration

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Adoption Attorneys in California

16 Adoption Agencies in CA

17 AAAA Attorneys in CA

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Karin Stoeckenius
    755 Baywood Drive, 2nd Floor
    Petaluma, CA 94954
    (415) 643-4523
    (707) 981-4226
    info@adamsromer.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Holly Wotherspoon
    755 Baywood Dr., 2nd Floor
    Petaluma, CA 94954
    (415) 643-4523
    (707) 981-4226
    info@adamsromer.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Joan H. Hollinger
    UC Berkeley Law School, 440 Boynton Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94707
    (510) 525-4202
    (510) 643-2698
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Susan Romer
    2190 Washington Street, Apt. 502
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
  • Attorney
    Deborah H. Wald
    88 Kearny Street, Suite 1475
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    (415) 648-3097
    (415) 648-3098
    info@waldlaw.net
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Robert R. Walmsley
    P.O. Box 552 / 2901 Grand Ave., Suite E
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Douglas R. Donnelly
    1332 Santa Barbara Street, Suite 201
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 962-0988
    (805) 966-2993
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Ted R. Youmans
    505 South Villa Real Drive, Suite 100
    Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
    (714) 408-2900
    (714) 221-0999
    ryann@familybuilding.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, Embryo Donation
  • Attorney
    Meldie M. Moore
    301 Forest Avenue
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    (949) 336-7711
    (949) 336-7712
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Kristine E. Colburn
    3033 Fifth Avenue, Suite 430
    San Diego, CA 92103
    (619) 231-2085
    (619) 231-2024
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Celeste E. Liversidge
    140 S. Lake Avenue, Suite 348
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 535-9350
    (844) 272-6692
    connect@truadopt.org
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Steven W. Lazarus
    4640 Admiralty Way, Suite 500
    Marina del Rey, CA 90292
    (310) 496-5758
    (310) 496-5759
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    D. Durand Cook
    10170 Culver Boulevard
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (323) 655-2601
    (323) 852-0871
    ADOPTION@ADOPTION-OPTION.COM
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    David J. Radis
    1801 Century Park East, 24th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    (310) 552-0536
    (310) 552-0713
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Felice A. Webster
    1920 Hillhurst Avenue, #402
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    (323) 664-5600
    (323) 664-4551
    info@felicewebster.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Karen R. Lane
    11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1700
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    (424) 901-6671
    8183470413
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption

Who’s Waiting to Adopt in California

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Personality Type

Most Common Personality Types Amoung Waiting Families on PairTree

Data is from LifePair™ - Our proprietary, personality-based matching system.

Caregiver Neighbor Innocent Hero

No. of Adoptive Familes in California*

7 families

Average Age

43 years old

Profession

Most Common Professions Amoung Waiting Families on PairTree

Software Engineer Teacher Community Coordinator Engineer Scientist Teacher and Life Coach Entertainment Producer Screenwriter

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    Tiffany

    • In five years, our relationship with you will...

      be one of love, mutual respect, & eternal gratitude. I'm open to a relationship as open as you are comfortable with. You'll always be a part of our lives in some way as there is no story without you. - Tiffany

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    Amanda
    & Kevin

    • When you argue, what’s it about?

      People being wrong on the Internet. - Kevin

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    James
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    • My favorite place in the World is...

      I've lived in three countries, and there are things I like about each one: I love how Spain is family oriented. I love that my childhood friends are in Canada now. We chose N. CA to build community. - Myriam

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    Victory
    & Daniel

    • If you had to pick a famous person to play you in a movie, who would it be?

      Chris Evans because he did the narration for Super Power Dogs in 3D. - Daniel

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    Eduardo
    & Tanya

    • The most special thing I own is...

      My time. It is the most precious thing I have and I chose how to spend it very diligently. - Eduardo

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    Emily P.
    & Emily M.

    • What is the best word to describe your family?

      Goofy - we are constantly laughing and making jokes. - Emily P.

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    Natalie
    & Carl

    • My best friend would describe me as......

      Artistic, creative and outgoing. Very reliable and dependable. Full of good sense, fun and a great mom. - Natalie

Traveling For Your Adoption in California

Length of ICPC
in California

1-30 days

California adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in California

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    No.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Family Code § 8609(a)

    No person or organization may advertise in any periodical or newspaper, by radio, or other public medium that he, she, or it will place or provide children for adoption or cause any advertisement to be published in any public medium soliciting, requesting, or asking for any child or children for adoption, unless that person or organization is licensed to place children for adoption by the Department of Social Services.

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Fam. Code §§ 8811; 9001
    Each person filing an adoption petition must submit fingerprints and obtain from an appropriate law enforcement agency any criminal record to establish whether he or she has ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.
    The criminal record, if any, shall be taken into consideration when evaluating the prospective adoptive parent, and an assessment of the effects of any criminal history on the ability of the prospective adoptive parent to provide adequate and proper care and guidance to the child shall be included in the report to the court.
    A home study shall be conducted that consists of a physical investigation of the premises where the child will reside.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Fam. Code § 8811; 8822
    Under no circumstances shall the Department of Social Services or a delegated county adoption agency give final approval for an adoptive placement in any home where the prospective adoptive parent or any adult living in the prospective adoptive home has either of the following:
    • A felony conviction for child abuse or neglect, spousal abuse, crimes against a child including child pornography, or for a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide
    • A felony conviction that occurred within the past 5 years for physical assault, battery, or a drug- or alcohol-related offense
    The department or delegated county adoption agency may find that the home of the petitioners is not suitable for the child and recommend that the petition be denied.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Calif. DSS Manual, Regs. 35299 through 35309
    The agency shall supervise the adoptive placement of the child with the prospective adoptive parent unless the child was adopted abroad. The supervision shall commence when the child is placed with the prospective adoptive parent and continue until a final decree of adoption is granted or the child is removed from the home of the prospective adoptive parent.
    The duration of the supervisory period shall be no less than 6 months unless:
    • The adoptive parent has successfully completed the adoption of another child in California within the past 5 years.
    • The adoptive parent is in the military service of the United States or is employed by the American Red Cross and completion of the 6-month supervisory period would delay completion of an adoption that the agency has determined should be completed.
    During the supervisory period, the agency shall provide the following services as needed to the prospective adoptive parent and to the adoptive child so that the child may be integrated successfully into the family:
    • Liaisons between the family and schools, mental and physical health agencies, rehabilitation service agencies, and other community resources
    • Updates of the psychological and medical history form to reflect any additional information revealed during the supervisory period
    • Updates of the assessment of the child to reflect any additional information discovered during the supervisory period
    During the supervisory period, the agency shall conduct at least one interview in the home of the prospective adoptive parent with the parent and the adoptive child. The agency shall conduct at least three additional interviews with the prospective adoptive parent unless the duration of the supervisory period has been reduced to less than 6 months.

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