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Frequently Asked Questions


- Married or single people - People of any race - People of any religion or no religious preference - People who work outside the home - People who rent or people who own their own homes - People with high or low incomes - People with or without other children - People over age 21
No, within the recruitment and home study process you can identify your choice to become a foster parent or to be considered only as an adoptive placement.
Fees are charged for non-special needs adoption based on a sliding scale approved through the Board of County Commissioners. Fees for non-special needs adoption are split into two payments, one given pre-placement for completion of the home study, and the second for post placement supervision.

Fees associated with special needs adoption are typically waived with the exception of attorneyÂ’s fees, which are reimbursed up to $250.00. Details on fees can be found within the Adoption Fees section of the website.
Subsidies are available for children with special needs; eligibility is determined pursuant to the State of Nevada definition of a special needs child. Once eligible, the type and amount of a subsidy are determined in a review of needed resources in conjunction with the needs of the child. Subsidies are provided in the form of medical and/or financial assistance. For further information please see the Post Adoption Assistance section of the website.
The preferred age, ethnic background, sex of child and number of children is specified by you in your application to an agency and is discussed during the course of the home study process. Your preference is respected by the agency. Similar interests, racial background and intellect may be considered by your agency worker when placing a child with you. For example, a child with disabilities is not placed with a family who is not receptive to a child with disabilities. However, remember the more limiting you are in your choices, the longer it may take to identify a child for placement.
In an agency adoption, adopting parents are told all known information about the child and his or her background. In cases of abandonment, little is known; otherwise the child`s history has been recorded and is shared with the adopting parents. Identifying information provided will depend on the type of adoption chosen by the birth and adoptive parents. Families adopting privately/independently have direct contact with the birth parent(s), and may have obtained this information of their own. WCDSS adoption staff collects and records the information as a part of the adoption service, this information is provided to the adopting parents.
Only if you want the birth parents to know who you are. If you choose to participate in an open, semi-open, or private/independent adoption, they will know more about you.
The agency will usually ask for courtesy supervision by a licensed adoption agency in your new location. In the case of an adoption in which the child remains in our custody pending finalization a request will be made to the appropriate public agency within your new location to provide supervision and services pending finalization.
Relinquishments and consents to adopt signed and executed according to Nevada Statutes are irrevocable. Relinquishments and consents to adopt signed outside of Nevada are subject to other state laws.
After finalization, the same rights as any parent.
Interviews between agency and prospective adoptive parents are necessary. It is the law in Nevada that in order to adopt a non-related child, a family must be approved by a licensed child placement agency. The home study is not meant to create anxiety, but to place children with the best parents for them. Each agency has its own procedure. If you can meet agency requirements and can provide love, security, guidance, commitment and a stable environment for a future son or daughter, you can become an adoptive parent.
If you are not Native American, the requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act must be followed. Adoption planning procedures for Native American children requires that special regulations be followed as outlined in the Indian Child Welfare Act. The purpose of the act is to preserve Indian families and culture, primarily by allowing Indian Tribes the option of involvement if an Indian child is to be adopted. Your local social worker or local tribal authority can provide more information.
The is always a tremendous need for families to adopt special needs children. If the type of special needs child you are interested in adopting is available and waiting placement, you need not be placed on a waiting list.

WCDSS currently has no waiting period for families wishing to adopt a healthy young child (non-special needs) to have their home study completed.
1. Orientation and/or foster/adoptive parent preparation classes. 2. Adoption home study. 3. Referral and selection through a matching process. 4. Visitation and placement. 5. Placement support services/ 6. Adoption finalization.
-Traditional -Semi-Traditional -Semi-Open -Open -Legal Risk

See the Department`s Adoption webpage for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Washoe County Adoptions Unit
Adoption Services