Nevada foster and adoption guidelines
Thank you for considering becoming a foster parent or adopting from foster care in the state of Nevada.
On this page:
- State contact information
- Foster and adoption licensing requirements
- Costs to foster and adopt
- Agency contact and orientation information
- Post-adoption support services
- Information on Nevada's children
Raise the Future
Contact: Jessica Hartwig
702-436-6335 x 209
Para información en español:
800-451-2546, ext. 0
- You must have sufficient income to cover your financial needs.
- You must be able to provide a loving, supportive environment for children.
- You must be 21 years of age (for adoption you must also be 10 years older than the child).
- You may be single, a same-sex couple, married, divorced, or widowed.
- You must be of good character (i.e., record of arrests and convictions may prevent licensing. Please ask about this.)
- You must attend approximately 30 hours of pre-service training.
Read more about qualifications on the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services website.
- Complete application
- References from people who know you well
- Law enforcement, child abuse, and neglect screenings and fingerprint clearances
- Interviews and home visits with a case worker
- Discussion on types of children available and applicant’s preferences
If you have a spouse or partner, they are also required to participate in the home-study process and attend all trainings.
Read more about the home study process and requirements on the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services website or search on the Child Welfare Information Gateway site.
If you work with your local county, there is no fee to foster and adopt except $50 per person towards the cost of fingerprint clearances.
If you work with your local county and adopt a child from another state, there may be a fee, but you can talk to the child’s state to see if they will reimburse you.
Private agencies provide adoption licensing services for a fee of $4,200 to $13,000.
If you are brand new to the adoption process, it is highly recommended that you attend The Adoption Exchange’s foster care adoption orientation webinar.
Agencies – by county
Clark County Department of Family Services
Address: 701K N. Pecos, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Washoe County Human Services Agency
Child Care Services
Address: 350 South Center St., Reno, NV 89520
State of Nevada (all other counties)
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child & Family Services
You can also search Child Welfare Information Gateway’s list of licensed private placement agencies.
Learn about the support available to families who adopt in your state:
- Primary provider: Division of Child and Family Services, Post Adoption Services
- Raise the Future
- Foster Kinship
89% of children enter foster care in Nevada due to neglect.
In 2019, there were 4, 541 children in care in Nevada; 1,667 were waiting to be adopted. Their average age was 7 years old.
Race and Ethnicity: 41% Hispanic or Latino; 35% White; 10% African American; 6% Asian; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 1% Pacific Islander; 7% multiple races.
Outcomes of children exiting foster care:
- 57% Reunify with biological family
- 25% Are adopted
- 10% Are living with relative or guardian
- 5% Emancipate
- 2% Other