Choosing to adopt a child can be a difficult decision for some families. It may come after months-or years-of trying to conceive. It could also be a loving decision made by parents who want to add one more to their brood. There is no right or wrong path to adoption, as long as you are truly devoted to loving and raising your child. To help those just starting on the journey, here is a list of adoption resources in the San Jose area.
3031 Tisch Way, Suite 306
San Jose, CA 95128
Kinship Center has locations throughout the state and they are dedicated to educating, facilitating and supporting both adoption and foster care families. They will handle all types of adoptions, including adoption from foster care, conversions and infant adoptions.
The adoption process for prospective parents starts by filling out an Adoption Interest Form and is followed by a comprehensive family assessment. Kinship Center does not require applicants to own a home or pass an income requirement test. According to Kinship Center, they are known for “in-depth parent preparation, education and support.”
251 Llewellyn Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
FamiliesFirst can offer several adoption options, but their main goal is to match prospective parents with special needs children. These children have physical and emotional needs that can make placement difficult and FamiliesFirst looks for families equipped to handle these added responsibilities. If you think your family can meet these needs, call FamiliesFirst for more information on how to get the adoption process started.
Bill Wilson Center
3490 The Alameda
Santa Clara, CA 95050
The Bill Wilson Center helps with adoptions of children that are taken from their homes because of some form of abuse or neglect. Most of these children are over the age of 5 and are in need of a stable and loving home. The Center provides support and training for adoptive parents. They can also provide a private home study when parents are pursuing a private adoption.
Rebekah Children’s Services
290 I.O.O.F. Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020
Rebekah Children’s Services (RCS) has an adoption program, Family Linkage Adoption, which helps give foster children a loving, permanent home. Their adoption process involves calling to get an information packet, attending an orientation session, completing 18 hours of special training, background and health checks, and then a home study. According to RCS, “the process can take anywhere from a few months to a year depending on how dedicated you are.”
Bay Area Adoption Services
465 Fairchild Drive, Suite 215
Mountain View, CA 94043
Bay Area Adoption Services (BAAS) deals exclusively with international adoptions. They have assisted in adoptions for children in over 50 countries to bring them to a loving home in the U.S. These countries include China, Columbia, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Korea, Philippines, Russia, and Taiwan. They even have a program to adopt special needs children in China over the age of 6. There are several legal requirements that need to be met for an international adoption and BAAS estimates that it could take 18 – 42 months to complete the process.
Bill Wilson Center
Rebekah Children’s ServicesBay Area Adoption Services