State Adoption Websites

Each state has different laws and guidelines for adoption. Below is a list of websites which may help in your research. The list provides links to adoption information included on state child welfare agency websites. Links to specific sections for adoption information may be included.

Alaska
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Alabama
Alabama Department of Human Resources

Arkansas
Arkansas Department of Human Services

American Samoa
American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services

Arizona
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Spanish Information

California
Department of Social Services

Colorado
Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)

Connecticut
Department of Children and Families

District of Columbia
District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency

Delaware
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF)

Florida
Florida Department of Children and Families

Georgia
Georgia Department of Human Resources

Guam
Guam

Hawaii
Department of Human Services

Iowa
Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

Idaho
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Spanish Information

Illinois
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Indiana
Indiana Department of Child Services

Kansas
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Children and Family Policy Division

Kentucky
Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS)

Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Social Services

Maryland
Maryland Department of Human Resources

Maine
Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS – BCFS)

Michigan
Michigan Department of Human Services

Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Missouri
Missouri Department of Social Services

Mississippi
Mississippi Department of Human Services

Montana
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)

North Carolina
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services

North Dakota
North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS)

Nebraska
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Human Services

New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families

Nevada
Nevada Department of Human Resources

New York
New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Ohio
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Oklahoma
Oregon Department of Human Services

Pennsylvania
Department of Public Welfare

Puerto Rico
Department of the Family, Administration for Families and Children (ADFAN)

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (RIDCYF)

South Carolina
South Carolina Department of Social Services

South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Social Services

Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Texas
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Utah
Utah Department of Human Services

Virginia
Virginia Department of Social Services

Vermont
Vermont Department for Child and Families

Washington
Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

Wyoming

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