Question by Carroll: How long does it take to adopt?
I heard that it depends on certain things. My family lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and we want to adopt a 13 year old boy.
How long does it take to get the child actually living in the house, and then how long does it take for the adoption to be finalized?
Also, do you have to become a foster parent first? If not, is it a good thing to do anyway?
Answer by Soccergirl13
If he is from another country it depends on where he is from. Some take a few months others many years. If he lives in the U.S. this is how it works. If he is already in the foster care program it could be months at least. If he is not in the program it could take anywhere between 9 months to up to 5 years (possibly more). It normally takes longer for infants but because he is older it should not take as long. As for being a foster parent you do not have to be one to adopt, but it make look better through the process if you can say that. After you learn that you have been selected for that child you get to meet with the child for several visits over a few weeks or months and then you set a placement date. Your agency will visit and work with you for several months in post placement supervision.
Here is more information. I skimmed through the site and it should help: http://www.adopt.org/assembled/overview_howto.html
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