Children of all ages, from all ethnic, linguistic and economic backgrounds await adoption.
  • We tend to have an equal number of boys and girls in need of permanent homes.
  • We have children between birth and eighteen years of age.
  • Most children awaiting adoption are between six and twelve years old, and we actively seek adoptive parents for this age range.
  • We have some children between 12 and 18 who are eagerly waiting for an adoptive home.

Typically, the infants who come into our care present difficult challenges. Many have drug-related and complex medical issues, and are not yet legally free for adoption.

Children become free for adoption in two ways:

  1. The child's birth parents both sign voluntary adoption surrenders.
  2. The Department of Children and Families petitions the court to terminate the parents' right to consent to their child's adoption.

Many children who are in the care and custody of the Department are involved in cases where the Department must seek to involuntarily terminate the birth parents' rights. There is a legal risk that the child will not be free for adoption at the conclusion of the court proceeding.

In some of these cases, the Department of Children and Families seeks to place a child in an adoptive home before the child is legally free for adoption. We believe it is important to have children in the most permanent setting as early as possible. We seek adoptive parents who are willing to accept the legal risk for these children.


This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.