How to Adopt Youth Featured on Northwest Adoption Exchange

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Decide to adopt from foster care.

The most important step in the adoption process is the very first: making the decision to grow your family by adopting through foster care. Like all important decisions, it’s best to do your homework first. If you’re just getting started, check out to get an overview on adopting from foster care. If adoption is something you’ve been looking into for a while, it’s a great time to share your interest with friends and family.

Telling others about your decision to adopt from foster care can be wonderful and challenging. If you’re ready to share the news, check out our resource for How to Tell Your Friends and Family You’re Adopting from Foster Care.

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Start the home study process.

If you’re ready to start the process, the next step is to complete a home study through a licensed agency in your state. While Northwest Adoption Exchange does not conduct home studies, we can connect you with agencies that do. When researching agencies, plan to interview a few different options. Be sure to ask about timelines, costs, and willingness to support out-of-state adoption. Finding an agency that fits your family is incredibly important.

For information on home studies, check out our article "What's a Home Study?" For a list of adoption agencies in the Pacific Northwest and links to national information, visit Find an Agency.

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Learn about featured youth.

Every featured youth has a story that is worth honoring. As you move forward with adopting from foster care, start discovering the experiences, strengths, and dreams of youth who need adoptive families. Youth voices are important, so take the time to listen to what youth have to say and what they’re looking for in a family.

To learn more directly from youth who are actively involved in the adoption recruitment process, check out our In-Depth Profiles.

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Use Northwest Adoption Exchange to make connections.

We connect families that have a completed home study with social workers for youth who need adoptive homes. As you view Featured Youth, we hope you’re inspired to reach out. If you meet the requirements you can be connected with the youth’s social worker so you can learn more about them and find out what kind of family they hope to meet. It very well could be yours.

Find out more about making a connection through Northwest Adoption Exchange at About Our Process.

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