Over 800 foster children in Florida need a loving forever family. If you are hoping to adopt a child from foster care, the Heart Gallery of Sarasota can help connect you with a child waiting for a loving and permanent home.
Attend an orientation/informational meeting. This is your opportunity to learn more about adoption and decide if this is right for you and your family. Orientation/informational meetings are held monthly.
Participate in a training and selection class called Adoption Parent Training Class (APTC) and complete 24-hours of curriculum. APTC classes are provided free of charge and are currently being held at multiple sites on various days and times. Generally, you will attend APTC classes one night a week for ten weeks. You will learn more during orientation/informational meetings.
Satisfy background screening requirements. The your Community Based Care Agency will assist you with this process. Generally you and all your household members must undergo local law, FBI/FDLE and abuse registry clearances to determine eligibility.
Complete your adoptive paperwork and home study. Again, you will learn more about these requirements and the process during orientation/informational meeting.
Once all requirements are met, your home will be ready to be matched for adoption. Matches will be made based on your profile and on the profile of the child to be matched. Finalization is the last step in this process.
In your pursuit to become a licensed foster family or to adopt children out of foster care, you will need to successfully complete a 30 hour training curriculum, the Adoption Parent Training Class (APTC). APTC is a selection tool for the mutual use of your family and the your Community Based Care Agency to determine if fostering and adoption are right for your family.
Each class is led by a trained social worker who is accompanied by a licensed foster parent. Some topics you will cover in class:
Happiness – The happiness that comes from adoption is a unique and special kind of joy. It is important to hold onto and even re-feel this emotion during the trying times that come with raising any child. Check out the success story below and additional success stories