Currently Children’s Service Society is the only agency contracted by the State of Utah to provide home studies for families looking to adopt children in state custody. CSS will prepare a home study as well as provide post placement supervision for these cases. However, because of the many special needs these children often have, we highly recommend that you become a licensed foster parent in the state of Utah to gain some experience before considering adopting a child out of state custody.
Children in custody of the state are there because they have been abused and/or neglected, and have special needs because of their traumatic histories. You need to be well prepared for the unique challenges of parenting a child with a history of trauma.
Utah does not require that you become a licensed foster parent in order to adopt a child out of foster care; however, many other states do require you to be licensed before they will consider placing a child in their custody into your home for adoption. Every state is different so if you are planning to adopt a child in another state, we always recommend you become licensed in order to broaden your possibilities of receiving placement of a child.
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