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Adopting in Alaska: Getting started

If you're considering growing your family with the help of adoption, then you're about to become a hero to one or more children. Adoption is a wonderful thing. It helps children find forever families and gives them the stability they need to grow up happy and healthy.

When you're ready to adopt in Anchorage, you should understand how it works. To be considered as an adoptive parent, you'll need to be willing to care for children who are teens or sibling groups. You should be willing to care for those with medical or behavioral needs. If you are Native American or an Alaska Native, that's also beneficial.

What if you aren't interested in an older child or one from Alaska?

If you are looking for a specific child or age of a child, you may want to look into private adoptions. Private adoptions are most often used when parents want to adopt infants or internationally. These adoptions tend to cost more than if you foster to adopt or adopt directly though Alaska's state program.

What happens after the state approves your application for adoption?

If you are approved to become an adoptive parent and meet the specific needs of a child, you'll receive more information from the Department of Children's Services. You can then access training information from the Adoption Learning Path. Remember, you do need to obtain a foster care license to have a child placed in your home. If you don't have a foster care license but have an approved adoption home study, that's also acceptable.

Adoption is one way to add to your family. Children who are looking for families appreciate people like you who are willing to bring them into your homes and give them the lives they always deserved.

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