Adopt A Special Kid

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AASK's Path To Adoption and Foster Care:

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All AASK services are free.

Informational Workshop:
Where: Our Office
Adopt a Special Kid
7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510-553-1748
Fax: 510-553-1747
Toll Free: 888-680-7349

When: usually the 1st Tuesday of each month, 7-9 PM. (Please call our office to reserve a space, 510-553-1748, ext. 12)

What you will learn:
Who are children with special needs
About the adoption and Focus foster programs
Answers to your questions

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Personal Interview:
During the personal interview you have a chance to ask specific, personal questions and tell us about your current family circumstances
Both partners in a couple are required to attend the personal interview

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Parent Preparation: our quarterly training series
New foster and adoptive families must complete AASK's quarterly training series
You will get a basic overview of the information you will need to welcome and work with a child who has special needs
You will receive resources to help you learn more
Hear current families talk about their experiences and ask them questions
Network with other prospective adoptive and foster families

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Adoptive Homestudy: both a "process" and a "product"
The Process: You fill out an application, get criminal record and child abuse clearances

2-5 Interviews with your AASK social worker

The Product: a 10-15-page written family profile -- you receive a copy.

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Foster Family Assessment:

You will fill out an application including criminal record and child abuse clearances

1-2 interviews with your AASK social worker. At that time, your home will be certified as a foster family home. The social worker will write a brief assessment.

Foster Matching and Placement:

Counties have different methods of matching children with foster homes. Typically, a foster family will match very quickly with a county child. The childs placement may be short-term, while the county is looking for another home or working on reunifying the child with his or her birth parents, or it may be more long-term. During the placement period, the county provides financial assistance and Medi-Cal (medical insurance) for the childs daily needs. An AASK worker is on call for foster parents on a 24-hour emergency basis.

Adoptive Matching:

It typically takes 1-12 months to identify the right "match" for your family. The matching process includes reviewing children's profiles and meeting kids at matching picnics.

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Adoptive Placement:

Fost-Adopt Placement
If a child is not yet "legally free" (most aren't), AASK will certify your home for foster care. Certification allows you to bring your child home sooner, so you can be a family while the legal process unfolds.

Your AASK social worker visits twice a month.
An AASK social worker is available 24-hours a day for emergencies
You receive a monthly stipend to help defray the costs of caring for your new son(s) or daughter(s)

Adoptive Placement
Your AASK social worker will visit your home usually about once per month.
Your child will be eligible to receive financial and medical assistance through the Adoption Assistance Program until the age of 18.

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Foster Child's Next Steps:

Foster families are expected to help a child take his or her next steps, whatever that may be:
  • Reunified with birth family
  • Adoptive Placement or guardianship with you
  • Adopted by another family
  • Long-term foster care

  • Finalization:

    You will probably not need the services of an attorney to finalize an adoption in California.

    Your AASK social worker will:
    Work with the placing agency to collect the needed information
    Compose the required legal documents and file a report with the court

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