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Adopting Through DCYF

All about adopting children from the NH foster care system.

You can find out all about the process of adopting through the NH Division for Children, Youth, and Families here.  You can also visit the website for NH DCYF and find out more about:

Adopting Through Private Agencies

Additional options for adoption in the Granite State.

In addition to adopting through NH DCYF, there are several agencies throughout the state that are licensed to do private adoptions, both domestic and international.  You can find a list of these agencies with more information about each of them here.

The Dave Thomas Foundation

On a mission to increase the number of children adopted from foster care.

The foundation's story began in 1990 when Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, accepted President George H.W. Bush’s invitation to be the spokesperson for a national adoption awareness campaign. However, Dave knew he could do more. In 1992, he established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as a national nonprofit public charity with one primary goal: to help every child in foster care find a loving, permanent family. You can find out more about this foundation, it's history, mission, and programs like Wendy's Wonderful Kids here.


A national project that connects children in foster care with families

AdoptUSKids educates families about foster care and adoption and gives child welfare professionals information and support to help them improve their services. They also maintain the nation’s only federally funded photolisting service that connects waiting children with families.

National Adoption Center

Expanding adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States.

A 45-year-old organization that works to create families for children living in foster care, partnering with media to bring awareness to adoption through foster care, and working with both public and private agencies to expand adoption opportunities for children in their custody. 

The NAC also manages the site AdoptSpeak - where those interested in adoption meet, chat and exchange ideas and information. 

Adoption Learning Partners

Providing online educational resources for prospective adoptive families.

This site provides a wealth of online courses that can complement the FACES courses that are required to adopt through NH DCYF.  With courses specific to adopting through foster care, parenting children who come from trauma, adopting older children, etc. this is a wonderful resource for prospective families!

Adopt Special Needs

Providing information on common special needs of children in foster care.

A wonderful peer reference site administered by the Love Without Boundaries Foundation.  The site includes information on common special needs, adoption stories coming from families who have experienced special needs adoption, as well as additional adoption resources.  Learn more here.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, with a focus on adoption from the U.S. foster care system

Through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website provides a wide variety of information and resources related to adoption.

Adoption Websites

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