Types of Children

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Children available for adoption through DSHS reside in foster care or relative care and are unable to be reunited with their birth parents. Children placed in out-of-home care may have been abused (physical/sexual) and/or neglected. The children:

  • Range in age.
  • Boys and girls.
  • May be part of a sibling group (2 or more).
  • Represent diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
  • May have medical, mental and/or physical health issues.
  • May have developmental delays.
  • May have developmental disabilities.
  • May have been exposed to drug and alcohol use/abuse.

Types of Children

  • Private adoption
    ​The children available for adoption from private adoption agencies are:
    • Healthy infants and young children.
    • Children from other countries.
    • Special needs children.
    • Children placed in foster care.
  • Independent adoption
    The children available for adoption from independent adoption agencies are:
    • Healthy infants.
    • Step-children.
    • Children from other countries.
    • Relative adoptions.
    • Other non-agency placements.