Wyoming foster care and adoption guidelines


Thank you for your interest in adoption and foster care.

Things you should know


Foster care and adoption licensing requirements


You need to become licensed to foster or adopt from foster care. View a Wyoming Dept. of Family Services district services, a District Map for DFS Foster Care Coordinators, or a list of private placement agencies.

Adoption: If you are adopting without fostering a child first, your adoption will be completed by a private child placement agency. View a list of adoption agencies.

Foster Care: For information on becoming a Foster Parent in Wyoming, please read the foster care pamphlet.


Costs to foster and adopt


Adoption does not have to be expensive. Many families adopt each year using low-cost to almost no-cost adoption options.

Private placement agencies will place waiting children in the foster care system in an adoptive placement. When contacting private agencies please specify you want to adopt from foster care to ensure you receive the correct information. Fees may vary depending on individual situations.


Agency contact and orientation information


Find a certified adoption agency in Wyoming.

Please contact your local county for a list of foster care orientations.


Information on children


As of January 2009, there are 1,278 children in the foster care system. There are 53 children available for adoption. The average age of a child in foster care in Wyoming is 11.