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Arkansas Department
of Human Services
Division of Children and Family Services

 

 

HOW TO ADOPT

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Adoptive Home for the
Department of Human Services/Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

DCFS is seeking Adoptive Homes for children in foster care. Qualified Adoptive homes are needed for children of all nationalities, sibling groups, older youths, and children considered having special needs to include children with emotional, mental or medical needs.

Some of the general requirements for becoming a Foster and/or Adoptive Family include, but are not limited to:

Age -

• Foster home applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
• For adoptive applicants, at least a 10-year age difference and no more than a 45-year age difference between the child, but is not required.  The reason for this preference is to hopefully ensure adoptive parents can be a part of the child's adult life.

Parenting Arrangement -

• Two-parent homes may apply and must demonstrate a stable relationship.
• A single person may apply.

Health Status -

• Members of the household must not have a health condition or disability that would interfere with the family’s ability to parent the child.
• Members of the household must complete a physical examination.

Housing -

• Space must be adequate to promote health and safety. Each bedroom should have at least 50 square feet of space per occupant.
• All firearms must be maintained in a secure, locked location and stored separately from ammunition.
• All water hazards and dangerous pets will be assessed. Safeguard measures will be implemented, as appropriate.
• Children of opposite sexes will have their own separate bedrooms if either child is four years old or older, except for a mother
in foster care with her child(ren).
• Water must be provided by public water system or approved by the Department of Health.
• As second-hand smoke is detrimental to children's health, DCFS policy is that children shall not be placed in foster or adoptive homes that permit smoking in the presence of children in care. In rare circumstances (e.g., relative placement), a waiver may be granted for smoking foster or adoptive homes if it is in a child's best interest to be placed there.

Resources -

• The applicant must have sufficient resources to meet the financial, medical, physical, educational, emotional, and shelter needs of
the child without relying solely on state or federal financial assistance to meet those needs.

Background Checks -

• All members of the household age 14 years and older must be cleared through the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.
• All members of the household age 18 years and older must be cleared through the Arkansas Adult Maltreatment Central Registry,
a State Police Criminal Record Check, and a fingerprint-based FBI Criminal Background Check.
• Heads of household must certify in writing that no household members ages 10-17 possess a criminal record.

Other Requirements -

• Applicants must complete CPR and Standard First Aid certification.
• Applicants must complete 30 hours of pre-service training.
• Applicants must meet
all Minimum Licensing Standards and DCFS Policy requirements.
• Must be a resident of Arkansas to inquire about becoming a foster family home.

To request more information and submit an inquiry please follow this link: Adoption Inquiry Form

 

 

 

 
 
 



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