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Meeting the needs of today's families.

Meeting the Needs of Today's Families

Adoption

Benefits to Adoption

  • Create a life-long relationship
  • Help a waiting child
  • Welcome a new child into your family
  • Keep siblings together
  • Make a difference in a child's life

Why Share Homes?

  • Professional and efficient staff to expedite your adoption process
  • Caring professionals
  • Connect families to children by representing their home through established relationships with various counties

View our Adoption Brochure and learn more.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at
888-99-SHARE (888-997-4273)

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Share Homes adoption agency has helped facilitate over 127 adoptions.  We help potentiamatch adoptive parents with children needing permanent homes. We guide you in your dream to adopt children. Our agency has a very knowledgeable staff with many years of experience in the adoption field. 

Joys of Adoption

My wife and I exhausted all options of conceiving a child.  Our choice we made was adoption.  As we started the journey toward the hospital to meet "our" newborn, our feelings of being anxious, excited and nervous were all wrapped up in one.  As we drove along the roads of Tennessee we thought to ourselves, what would she look like?  Would she be healthy?  What color hair would she have?  A new birth had occurred and we were blessed to become proud parents of a baby girl. 

Our hearts were filled with gratitude and our prayers were answered.  The moment we held her, we were overwhelmed by joyful tears that this special gift of love had brought to us.  Unsure of the correct baby sizing, we bought an outfit that was sized for a toddle rather than a newborn.  We still laugh about this 34  years later.  Doug & Deborah Clark, Share Homes Founders

Adopt a child to make a difference in a child's life

Hundreds of California foster children are hoping to be adopted out of foster care. These include children who are waiting in receiving homes, group homes and foster  homes wishing for a permanent family to adopt them.  Why not expand your family while at the same time helping a child in need?

Private Adoption

Share Homes will soon be providing home studies to families that want to adopt through the relinqishment proess. Please contact us for more information.

How to Get Started

Steps to becoming an adoptive parent:

  1. Adoption Orientation
  2. Pre-screening and Adoption paperwork
  3. Adoption Training
  4. Adoption Home Study
  5. Matching Process (if not conversion)
  6. Placement (if not conversion)
  7. Adoptive Placement
  8. Finalization
  9. Court

Download the Adoptive Parent Manual Outline

Items needed prior to being certified as an adoptive parent:

  • Fingerprint clearances
  • DMV printout
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
  • Physical and TB test
  • Copies of auto, home and CDL
  • Copy of pet vac. If applicable
  • Water safety class (if the child is involved in water sports)

Share Homes was licensed as an Adoption Agency in both Sacramento and San Joaquin County in 2002. All potential adoptive parents must go through the Share Homes foster care program and become a certified foster home. The potential adoptive parent can receive adoptive placements through two different methods as listed below. Some potential adoptive children will be placed within the certified home and remain foster children until their birth family parental rights have been terminated. The adoptive home study for this particular child is known as a Conversion Home Study. Other adoptable children are already freed for adoption because their birth parents rights have been terminated.  The adoptive home study for this particular child is know as a Placement Home Study. The Share Homes adoption workers attend Adoption Exchange meetings and adoption fairs where the social workers match up adoptable children with potential adoptive parents. Adoptive parents will soon have an opportunity to adopt outside of the foster car system. Please contact us for more information.

FAQs

1) Do I have to become a foster parent if I am only interested in adoption?

Before you can adopt a child, you must first participate as a foster parent for at least six months. Thus, you need to be certified as both a foster parent and adoptive parent. To learn more about foster care, please visit our Foster Care FAQs.

2) What is the difference between a foster parent and an adoptive parent?

An adoptive parent receives all the training a foster parent receives, as well as additional training in topics related to adoptions. Adoptive parents also need a higher level of fingerprint and child abuse clearances, as well as a more thorough, in-depth home study.

3) Is there a fee to adopt a child/children?

Some agencies charge up to $20,000 per adoption.  Share Homes has no up-front fees, but after finalization we withhold a minimal home study fee (maximmum $400, based on income) from your final foster care reimbursement check for which you can be reimbursed by your local government.

4) Is there a tax credit for adoption?

Many families receive a significant tax credit, per child, once an adoption has been finalized. Please check with your tax advisor for further information.

5) What are the requirements to adopt a child?

Adoptive applicants must:

  • Be 21 years or older.
  • Receive criminal and child abuse clearances for all adults living in the home.
  • Be financially stable prior to taking foster/adoptive children.
  • Pass licensing and agency regulations.
  • Have a valid CDL, clean driving record, and an insured, safe, operating automobile.
  • Complete orientation, pre-certification training, adoption training, paperwork and an in-depth home study.
  • Live within two hours of the office.
  • Be certified as a foster parent
  • Be in good health, physically and emotionally.

6) What areas do you serve?

Share Homes serves Stockton, Lodi and Sacramento areas and communities within a two hour radius of Lodi and Elk Grove.