STEPS TO BEGINNING THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Get Licensed as a Foster Home or Contact Your Local OCS office.
Most people are advised to go through the foster care licensing process, so that children can be more easily placed in your home. Fill out the licensing application and send it back. This starts the process of licensing which will include a home visit and background checks.
If you are licensed, OCS can place children who may be possibly available for adoption but not yet legally free for adoption. If you choose not to be licensed, OCS is still interested in you as an adoptive family, but can only place children who are legally free for adoption in your home once you have a positive home study completed.
Complete Core or Adoption Training Through ACRF.
You already learned about the benefits of Core Training for Resource Families offered through the Alaska Center for Resource Families. Adoptive families are encouraged to complete Core Training for Resource Families to help them understand the child protection process and the children who come into care. Potential adoptive parents can also complete the Adoption and Guardianship Preparation Training for Alaska's Resource Families Self-Study Workbook available through the Alaska Center for Resource Families to learn more about the adoption process.
To request a copy of the Adoption and Guardianship Self-Study Workbook or to find out about attending the nearest Core Training class, send your mailing information and a request to Alaska Center for Resource Families.
Complete the Adoption Home Study.
The next step is the Home Study. The Adoption Home Study is a written document that helps OCS get to know your home. We will explore the homestudy more on the next page.
Check Out the Alaska Adoption Exchange.
OCS has developed the Alaska Adoption Exchange that currently lists some of the children available for adoption through the State of Alaska. These children are legally free and actively looking for an adoptive home.