Mississippi foster and adoption guidelines
Every child deserves a home. Adults also need the connections that a family brings. Please let us help you on your adoption and foster journey.
For information about becoming a foster parent in Mississippi, please contact:
Tamika Garner, LSW, program manager
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services Foster Care Unit
For more information about adopting a child from foster care in Mississippi, please contact:
Carolyn D. Quin, LMSW, MS, CHES
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services Adoption Unit
Things you should know
- Foster and adoption licensing requirements
- Costs to foster and adopt
- Agency contact and orientation information
- Parent support groups
- Information on Mississippi's children
Minimum requirements include:
- Completion of required agency forms.
- Medical information completed by a physician.
- You can be single or married.
- Verification of marriages and divorces, if applicable.
- Currently reside in the state of Mississippi.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
- Child Abuse Registry checks for all adults in the home.
- Police record clearance for all adults in the home.
- References for employment and character.
- Sanitation and water inspection, if not on approved system.
- Home visits and interviews with all household members.
- Active telephone service in the home.
- Smoke alarm and no less than a four-pound ABC-type fire extinguisher.
- Minimum income that proves applicant is self-supporting and could financially meet the needs of an additional family member.
- Transportation available at all times.
- Participate in at least 15 hours of pre-service training.
- Child must have his or her own bed, and no adult or child of the opposite sex may sleep in the same room with him or her.
- Life insurance coverage for family, child and a plan for the child in the event of disability or death of parent.
There are fees involved for home studies completed by some private agencies. However, many families use low-cost or almost no-cost adoption and foster options every year.
View a list of Mississippi Licensed Child Placing Agencies.
Parent Support Groups are a network of foster and adoptive parents lead by Partners in Permanency’s post adoption program. Information about a support group in your area can be located by calling 800-748-3005 and asking for Dorothy.
Southern Christian Services For Children and Youth offers a lending library. Please learn more about available topics, read their instructions, and view the online check out form, or call them at 601-354-0983. Materials will be mailed with return mailing instructions.
There are 3,700 children in foster care in Mississippi; 148 of these children are waiting for adoptive families.