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Things to know about Adoption

Kids need to be raised by families. For the approximately 400+ youth removed from homes in San Luis Obispo County annually and placed into Foster Care, permanency home planning begins immediately. Permanency is a big word but at its heart it means one thing: Families for children. Our first priority is to reunite kids with their birth families whenever it is safe to do so. But some families are simply not able to reunite. For those children, our Department works diligently to identify adoptive homes early in the process.

If you are considering adoption, we hope the information found on this page will help you with your decision.

If you adopted a child or were adopted, we have resources available for you as well.

Download a professional's thoughts on the Journey to Adoption.

Download information about Open Adoption.

Download information about Post Adoption Services.

Placing a child for adoption

Reasons for Considering an Adoption Plan

An unplanned pregnancy can be difficult. It can also be difficult to manage the unexpected challenges of parenting with limited resources.

If you are expecting a child or are struggling to manage the daily issues of parenting and wish to discuss parenting options including adoption, our department provides free counseling services to parents. We can help parents interested in exploring options including referrals to community resources as well as adoption for your child.

Reliquishment Services

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services provides free counseling and support to expecting parents and current parents considering adoption for their child. The Department can assist parents in making a voluntary adoption plan and can provide additional support services. Our agency can assist parents wishing to participate with the selection of an adoptive family and facilitate openness between the birth and adoptive families.

Other Adoption Resources

Finding a Birth Parent, Child Adoptee or Siblings

Birth Parents and Adoptees: Are you searching for each other or possibly for siblings?

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) link below provides helpful information on finding your kin who have been adopted or whose children have been adopted:

Adoptee, Birth Parents, Siblings of Adoptees
If you are interested in learning more about these services, please call (805) 781-1600 and ask to speak with an Adoptions worker.
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