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Adoption Services

child and puppy Adoption takes a variety of forms in California. Licensed adoption agencies may place children in homes approved for adoptive placement; parents may place children directly with persons of their choice; families may adopt certain foreign-born children; stepparents may adopt the children of their spouses; and an adult may adopt another adult younger than he or she.

For Whom

Parents who relinquish a child to an adoption agency for placement, who place a child directly, or who wish to adopt must meet state laws, regulations and other requirements.

Where To Get Help

A pamphlet (Directory of California Adoption Agencies) prepared by the California Department of Social Services tells about these requirements. Please telephone or write:

California Department of Social Services Child and Youth Permanency Branch

744 P Street, M.S. 14-78
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-7465
FAX (916) 657-4357
Toll Free 1 (800) KIDS-4-US


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