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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do children come into foster care?

Children come into care because of abuse, neglect or deprivation. Sometimes illness prevents parents from caring for their children. They may be struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or mental illness. Often children come from stressful situations where they have been abused physically, emotionally, sexually or neglected. They may have been exposed to domestic violence.

 

Why are infants or very young children not featured on the website?

Infants and toddlers in foster care are often placed with relatives or adopted by their foster parents if they are not able to be returned to their parents. When AASK is notified of an infant or toddler is in need of an adoptive family, we will use our database to match the child with potential families who are currently an approved AASK adoptive family. This is a rare occurrence and families interested in adopting an infant or younger child should contact a licensed private child placing agency that specializes in infant/toddler adoption.

 

How long does it take to adopt a child from foster care?

There are many variables to consider in how long it will take to complete an adoption.

 

Once your AASK Home Assessment is complete, there are others factors that will influence how long it might take to be matched with a child or sibling group, including the type of family the child and family team is seeking. There is no set time frame as the process is child-focused.  Once a child is placed, the process of finalizing the adoption typically takes six months, or longer if necessary.

 

Why are siblings sometimes separated?

Siblings are placed together whenever possible. However, sometimes it is in the best interest of the children to be separated based on their individual special needs. When appropriate, efforts are made by agencies to continue sibling visits after their adoptions are finalized. If children are listed together as a sibling group on the website, this means that their plan is to be placed in the same adoptive family and they cannot be separated.

 

What information will I be given about the child before adoption?

Once you have an approved AASK home assessment, an AASK worker can provide you with additional information on any children you are interested in. AASK is required to disclose all non-identifying information available about the child to prospective adoptive parents prior to the placement. This information can include medical and mental health evaluations, reasons the child came into care, information about the birth family and any other details that will help the adoptive family parent the child effectively. We encourage you to ask questions and to have any information that you do not understand clarified.

 

Am I entitled to a copy of my AASK home assessment?

Yes, you will receive an unofficial copy of your AASK home assessment.

 

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