Adoption is a legal process that creates a new, permanent parent-child relationship. Adoption provides the adoptive parent(s) all the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent, and gives the child legal rights and responsibilities of a family member.
Who can adopt?
Are you a loving, caring, patient individual, able to appreciate a child’s unique qualities? Are you realistic about the changes in lifestyle when making a child a permanent member of your family? Are you willing to accept an adopted child as your own? If you are, you likely have what it takes to adopt a child.
Monterey County encourages all interested families to inquire about adoption.
- Adoption does not discriminate against any and all domestic relationships.
- We welcome couples/individual(s) that are childless or already parenting other children.
- Having a disability does not automatically disqualify you from adopting a child; rather agencies will want to ensure that you can care for a child and meet his or her needs throughout his or her childhood.
- Divorce or a history of marital or personal counseling does not automatically eliminate you as a candidate.
- You are not required to own your own home or to have a high income in order to give children what they need–permanence, stability, a lifetime commitment, and a chance to be part of a family.
Children do not need “perfect” parents — they need one or more caring and committed individuals willing to meet their needs and to incorporate them into a nurturing family environment.
The Adoptions Branch of the California Department of Social Services offers free publications, including;
- Adoption Assistance Program
- Adoptions in California: General Information 1994
- Directory of California Adoption Agencies.
For information on California adoptions, to order free publications such as;
- Adoption: Where Do I Start?
- Intercountry Adoption
- Open Adoption
- National Adoption Directory (a listing by state of all adoption agencies)