3057 Briw Road
Placerville, CA 95667
Fax (530) 626-7427
South Lake Tahoe Office
3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd.,
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Fax (530) 541-2803
ADOPTION SERVICES PROGRAM
Birth Parent Services | Placement Services | Post-Adoption Services
Prospective Parents | Special Needs Children
The Adoption Services Program provides education, training and support for pre- and post-adoptive parents.
The program is supervised by the California Department of Social Services and administered locally by the El Dorado County Department of Human Services.
Birth Parent Adoption Services
The El Dorado County Department of Human Services is a full-service adoption agency. This includes services for birth parents who wish to place a child for adoption, such as:
- Education about possible alternatives
- Education on legal issues and responsibilities
- The ability to maintain information in the child's file regarding the birth parents if the adopted child wishes to contact the birth family at age of maturity
Placement Services for Children Freed for Adoption
Adoption social workers place children availalbe for adoption into prospective adoptive parent homes. The social worker is versed in the background of the child and potential problem areas. Adoption social workers have knowledge to help adoptive parents address challenges, such as a child's attachment disorder or sexual/physical acting out. The social worker can also answer everyday questions and concerns.
If a child needs medical or psychological care, funding is available to assist. The Adoption Assistance Program can provide financial help until the child is 18 years old, and in some cases until age 21.
Many adoptive parents look forward to the day legal papers are signed and they can bring their adopted child home. This can be a wondrous time, but the journey's just begun. The impact of an adopted child on one's lifestyle can be momentous and unpredictable.
The good news is that most problems subside in time and parents work out a system to deal with them. Most children exhibit their best and worst behavior in the first six months of being placed. The El Dorado County Department of Human Services can provide support, answer questions or help locate resources.
Prospective Adoptive Parent Services
The adoption process has been called a labor of love. The process can take several months to years. Prospective adoptive parents must first fill out a pre-application. Applications are screened to determine if the Department of Human Services or a private agency would best serve the family.
Once the family and Human Services enter into an agreement to start the adoption process, the potential adoptive parents must attend a nine-week training course. The mandatory course helps prepare adoptive parents for the journey ahead and provides knowledge and skills for success.
Once classes are completed, prospective adoptive parents are required complete forms regarding health, employment, home structure, etc. All adults in the potential adoptive home must have fingerprint and criminal background checks. The social worker will schedule visits with the prospective adoptive parents, at their home and office, to conduct a home study.
The home study is a very in-depth family assessment. Information gathered is confidential and is used to best match a child and adoptive family. Once the home study is complete, the prospective adoptive parents are ready to look for a child. The adoptive parents are informed of special needs or significant problems of the child being considered. This information gives a portrait of the child and describes challenges the child and family may have to overcome.
Special Needs Children
Special needs children include those who have experienced neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and/or physical abuse.
These beautiful children have sometimes learned behaviors (e.g. acting out aggressively or sexually, etc.) that can be unlearned or redirected once in an appropriate family setting. Attempts are usually made to place siblings together. Sibling groups are harder to place than a single child and are therefore considered special needs.
Most children available for adoption come from homes where the parent(s) abuse drugs and/or alcohol. If a child is prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol, adoptive parents are advised about possible developmental problems of the child, and the propensity for addictions. Sometimes children placed for adoption are medically fragile due to prenatal substance exposure or a genetic problem. Prospective adoptive parents are informed of present and potential medical problems and funding available through the Adoptions Assistance Program.
For a list of all Social Services, please download the Social Services Division Brochure.