Resources and information about legal issues relevant to adoption of children, including State and local examples.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children's Bureau (2017)
Reviews adoption and legal guardianship incentives and includes links to information on title IV-E adoption assistance.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (2018)
Reviews adoption assistance, which provides financial and other supports to help adoptive families meet the needs of the children in their care. The resource presents information on adoption assistance in the United States, including State adoption assistance programs and other related links.
Adoption Law: United States
Library of Congress (2015)
Presents Federal laws relevant to adoption and discusses principles of State adoption law.
A Primer on Title IV-E Funding for Child Welfare (PDF - 136 KB)
Child Trends (2016)
Explains title IV-E funding, which supports foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs through which States receive a level of reimbursement from the Federal government for eligible claims.
California Courts, the Judicial Branch of California (2018)
Explains the legal process of adoption in California and reviews types of adoptions, steps to file an adoption, finding birth parents, and more.
Consumer Pamphlet: Adoption in Florida
The Florida Bar (2016)
Reviews adoption laws in Florida and provides information on adoption procedures in that State.
Illinois Adoption Legal Resources
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (2018)
Provides an overview of legal resources related to adopting in Illinois, including a link to "The Guide for Adoptive Parents in Retaining an Adoption Attorney," the "Guide for Prospective Guardians," and other information on adoption rules and laws.
Your Guide to Adoption in Massachusetts (PDF - 146 KB)
Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (2016)
Highlights adoption in Massachusetts, including information about children who are awaiting adoption, adoption requirements, how to become an adoptive parent, and more.