Learn the domestic adoption process from start to finish.
What are the requirements to adopt domestically?
Married for at least two years
At least 25 years of age
Good physical and emotional health.
No criminal record inclusive of major offenses or pattern of such offenses or any criminal matters that have not been satisfactorily resolved
Applicants with CAS must be believers in the basic Christian tenets
The steps that lead up to a domestic adoption
Attend informational meeting (date to be determined)
Complete preliminary application
Complete application for adoption
Participate in pre-placement assessment (homestudy) process
Meeting with domestic program coordinator
Submission of photo book for review and finalization
Submit photos for website
Receive referral for placement
The steps following adoption
Once you have taken placement of a child, you will be required to have follow-up post-placement visits by a caseworker. To finalize an adoption in North Carolina, you are required to have a minimum of three such visits – the first is to occur two weeks from your arrival home with your child.
The CAS staff is always available to discuss concerns or issues relating to your adoption. If a member of our staff is not equipped to address your particular issue we can serve as a referral resource.
An important element of a successful adoption plan is becoming educated. Research indicates that informed parents have realistic expectations leading to successful adoptive placements. CAS requires domestic adoptive parents to complete the following training:
Complete a minimum of four classes at adoptionlearningpartners.org from this list:
Let's Talk Adoption
The Journey Attachment
Open Adoption 101
Adopted: The Identity Project
Becoming Your Child's Best Advocate
Finding the Missing Pieces
Certification in Infant CPR.
Attendance at 1 (one) CAS training conference offered each spring and fall if a local family.
Call the CAS office at (704) 847-0038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding the domestic adoption process.