Process and Services
What is the
purpose of Adoption Services?
The County Adoption Service helps a child become a permanent
member of another family. This becomes necessary when the
birth family is no longer willing or able to function
satisfactorily as parents.
Who are the children waiting for adoption?
Many children await adoption in foster homes. Most of these
children have been removed from their birth families because
of abuse, abandonment, severe neglect or the inability of
parents to provide a safe home. Other children have been
These children vary in age, ethnicity, and religion. Many
have special needs because of one or more of the following
They are members of a sibling group to be adopted by one
They have a mental, physical, medical or emotional
They are three years old or older
They come from an adverse parental background (i.e., drug
addiction, mental or physical illness).
What does it take to become an adoptive parent?
It takes love and more to parent an adopted child. To be
successful, adoptive parents must be patient, tolerant,
flexible, energetic, competent individuals with a good sense
of humor. They must posses or be willing to develop special
skills and abilities.
Successful adoptive families must understand that adoption
is a life-time process and must commit through words and
action to help the children rebuild their self-esteem and
You can adopt a child if you are a resident of San
Bernardino County, single or married, 21 years or older, in
good physical and mental health, and approved by the County
How do you get started?
1. The first step towards adopting a child in San Bernardino
County is to call the County Adoption Service and let them
know of your interest.
2. Attend a parenting orientation held on a monthly basis
throughout the county to obtain general information.
3. Complete an application with the County Adoption Service.
Meet with a social worker to discuss the adoption process.
4. Participate in an adoptive home study group that will
prepare you for parenting a waiting child.
GET INTO THE PICTURE... ADOPT A SPECIAL CHILD
For more information, call the San Bernardino County
Adoption Service at:
(909) 891-3300 or 1-800-722-4477
or write to:
County Adoption Service
412 Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415