Adoption is the permanent, legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to adoptive parents. Santa Barbara Department of Social Services offers adoption services and is able to facilitate adoptions of children in foster care as well as assist birth parents who are considering placing their child for adoption. If you are a birth parent who would like more information about the adoption process and available options, please call (866) 899-2649 or (800) 367-0166
In order to adopt, parents must first be licensed as Resource Families in order to care for the child until the adoption is finalized. Relatives of children they are adopting need to be approved by CWS as relative caregivers and certain State requirements, similar to foster care licensing, must be met.
The steps to adoption include:
For more information about foster parenting, click here.
The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) was established by the federal and state governments to provide financial assistance to help families with the ongoing expenses of caring for a child adopted from Resource Family.
AAP continues until the eligible child reaches 18 years of age, or in some cases until they reach 21 years of age.
The benefits available for AAP eligible children are as follows: