2nd October 2019


How long is the average child in foster care?

The length of a child's stay in foster care varies greatly, case by case. Some children live with foster families for a few days, others a few years. The average length has been approximately two years. If at all possible, siblings are kept together in one home.

Similarly, you may ask, how much does it cost to adopt a child from foster care?

The cost of working with an attorney and not involving an agency may range from $8,000 to $40,000 and averages $10,000 to $15,000. Families who choose to work with an adoption attorney on these independent adoptions typically take an active role in identifying the child they hope to adopt or a birth mother.

Do adoptive parents get money from the state?

There no agency fees to foster adoptive parents who are adopting a child through our Foster/Adopt program. Foster/Adopt parents receive a monthly reimbursement to help cover the child's expenses until the adoption is finalized. All of the child's medical expenses are covered by Medi-Cal until the age of 18.

Can a foster child share a room with my own child?

Does a foster child need to have his or her own bedroom? No, a child may share a bedroom with another child (same sex only for children age 6 and over) but each child must have his/her own bed. A child may not share a room with an adult unless the needs of an infant or illness of a child require such an arrangement.
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