Steps to Adopting a Child


Getting Started

Once you decide to pursue adoption, you will begin the approval process. These steps help to ensure that the adoptive parents and family, as well as the adoptive child or children have the best chance of success as a family unit.


The first step in some areas is an orientation meeting for prospective adoptive parents. At this meeting the prospective parents may meet experienced adoptive or foster parents and one or more counselors who will provide an overview of the whole process, time frames involved and the training schedule.

Preparation Course – PRIDE Training

All prospective adoptive parents must successfully complete Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training. a ten-week information and preparation course. Class sessions are usually scheduled at night or on weekends. The purpose of the training is twofold: it allows parents to assess themselves and their family’s readiness to adopt, and to explore and learn about adoption issues.

Additional information about our local PRIDE classes is included at the bottom of this page.

Home Study

A home study includes the following parts

  • You will be required to provide information about your health.
  • Background checks at the local, state and federal level will be conducted, including having your fingerprints screened at the federal level.\
  • References will be requested from your employer, school officials if you have children in school and character references from individuals who have known you and your family.
  • The counselor will visit your home one or more times to complete the home study. If you have children, it will be important for the counselor to ask them a few questions about what they think about adoption. Some of the topics that will be discussed with you and your spouse, if you have one, are:
  • Why do you want to adopt?
  • Describe your childhood.
  • What are the strengths of your marriage?
  • How do you think a new child in your home will alter your lifestyle?
  • Describe your financial situation.
  • Describe your parenting style/philosophy.

All of the information is gathered into a home study packet and sent for approval to an adoption specialist. When your application has been approved, you will be notified.

After Approval
You may continue to look at the available children, and attend recruitment activities, especially the picnics or events when foster children who are available for adoption are in attendance. Notify your counselor when you are interested and need more information about a certain child or sibling group.

When the needs of a child or sibling group are matched with your family, your adoption counselor will discuss with you the pre-placement activities that must occur. The official placement in your home will occur when you, the child and the counselor determine that the child is ready.

Placement Supervision
After a child is placed, a counselor must make monthly visits in order to assess the child’s adjustment and if new or additional services are needed. The supervision period ends when the counselor provides “consents to adoption” to your attorney.

Your attorney will schedule a hearing before a judge. At this hearing the adoption will be legalized and the child will legally become part of your family.

PRIDE Adoption Training

PRIDE classes will be conducted at the following location:

4050 Riomar Drive, Suite 120
Rockledge, FL 32955
(321) 634-6047 ext. 2040
(321) 634-6525

For more information contact

Erika Watts
Community Adoption Liaison
(321) 634-6047 ext. 2014

Please note that space is limited, so participation is by invitation only. Participants will receive a letter of invitation to attend one of the PRIDE classes with more detailed information regarding the class.