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Mississippi Foster and Adoption Guidelines

 

Every child deserves a home in which to grow and prosper. Adults also need the connections that a family brings. Please let us help you on your adoption and foster journey.

 

Things You Should Know

 

Foster and Adoption Licensing Requirements

 

Minimum Requirements include:

  • Completion of required agency forms
  • Medical information completed by a physician
  • You can be single or married. If married, couples must be legally married for at least two years
  • Verification of marriages and divorces, if applicable
  • Currently reside in the state of Mississippi
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 65 years
  • 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 for a child with special needs
  • 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
 

Costs to Foster and Adopt

 

There are fees involved for homestudies completed by some private agencies. However, many families use low-cost or almost no-cost adoption and foster options every year.

 

Agency Contact and Orientation Information

 

A list of Mississippi Licensed Child Placing Agencies is available here.

 

Parent Support Groups

 

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.

Library materials can be viewed at the Harden House Adoption Program or by emailing the Harden House Adoption Program at hardenad@comcast.net or contacting the office at 888-893-7318. Materials will be mailed with return mailing instructions.

 

Information on Mississippi's Waiting Children

 

There are 3,700 children in foster care in Mississippi; 148 of these children are waiting for adoptive families. Please visit the Mississippi Heart Gallery: 200 Million Flowers to see profiles of these children.

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