Adoption Services for Foster Families
A family does not have to be licensed as a foster family to adopt a children from foster care, however, Seven Homes requires that our families looking to adopt be licensed. We have many reasons for this requirement, but bottom line is our experience has shown that this approach produces a much stronger adoption with less chance of failure.
The foster parent licensing process and the adoption home study process are almost identical. Each process complements the other.
The big misconception by many families is that when they become licensed as foster parents they have to take foster kids. Seven Homes does not make any family accept a child. The decision to accept a child into your home is your own to make. Two of the twelve skills you will learn in MAPP class are assessing the impact of fostering on your family and then making an informed decision to foster or adopt a child. If an agency makes you take a child , then they are not allowing you to use the very skills they are teaching you to use.
The other comment we hear a lot is "we could not foster because we would become too attached and could not stand to lose the child." If you want to adopt out of the foster care system, that statement is a very dangerous state of mind to have. Adopted children will have a natural desire to connect to their birth families at some point in their life, even infant adoptees have a natural yearning to find out about who they are. If you do not learn how to work through your fear of loss, when the child is reaching out and looking for their birth family, you will make all the wrong choices out of fear of losing them and will end up pushing your adopted child away. Fostering helps teach you the skills to help your adopted child with these identity issues, and helps you learn not to fear this natural process.