Adoption: List of Steps to Adopt if You Live Out of State

  • Call Our Kids of Miami-Dade & Monroe, Inc. at 305-455-6000.
  • Our Kids of Miami-Dade requests your state complete an Adoptions Home Study and help you complete an Adoption Application. This is called an "ICPC" or '.Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Florida is the sending state. Note that each state has it own laws governing child welfare and state lines must be respected when moving children in state custody.
  • Your State will assign a social worker to visit you in your home, review the Adoption Application and begin preparing an Adoption Home Study that includes a background screening and fingerprints.
  • You may be required to attend a training course to help prepare you and your family for adoption.
  • Your state makes the decision as to whether or not your home study is approved and will provide this information to Florida. Florida will then send this information to Our Kids.
  • Our Kids forwards this information to the child's social worker for consideration and a visitation plan is created in order to prepare the child and your family for adoption.
  • Information on visits, the Adoption Application, the home study and other pertinent information is presented in Juvenile Dependency Court.
  • The court will provide an order allowing the child or children to be placed in your home.
  • Miami-Dade informs your state that the child or children are now living with you. Your state's social worker will visit your home for a minimum of 90 days during the Placement Supervision period. This period will end when a "consent to adopt" is presented to your adoption attorney.
  • Your attorney will schedule a hearing before the Juvenile Dependency Court at which time the adoption becomes legal and the child becomes a legal member of your family!