Adoption & Foster Care
IntroductionAdoption is a legal process that creates a parent-child relationship between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a biological child of the adoptive parents. There are three primary types of adoption are domestic, international, and within family.
Foster care is the temporary care of a child who has been placed outside his or her own home in order to give her or him a safe, stable, and nurturing environment during a period of family disruption. Foster parents work with the state agency towards finding a permanent home for the child. In
Officers who adopt a child or accept a foster child into their home are eligible for many of the same policies and benefits as parents with biological children. In addition, the Adoption Assistance Program will reimburse eligible faculty and staff for certain expenses directly related to the legal adoption of a child.
Additional informational resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program, including articles on a wide-range of adoption-related topics such as:
- How to begin the adoption process
- Costs associated with adoption
- Key questions to ask an adoption attorney
- Foster parent adoption
- Adoption considerations for single parents
- International adoptions
For more details, visit the Humana/HRI website (username: columbia; password: eap).
A partial list of expenses covered by the Adoption Assistance Program includes:
public or private adoption agency fees permitted or required under the law of the state having jurisdiction over the adoption,
legal and court fees
fees for medical and hospital services provided to the child (not otherwise covered by insurance)
traveling expenses associated with the adoption, including transportation, meals, and lodging
immigration, child's immunization, and translation fees
temporary foster care charges provided before placement of the eligible child in the employee's home
The following is a list of websites containing helpful information about adoption and foster care. Columbia University has no affiliation with these organizations; the links below are for information purposes only.
- Adoption Service Locator: Provides search function for local adoption services.
- AdoptUSKids: Allows prospective adoptive parents to view photos and learn about children waiting to be adopted.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway/Adoption: An overview of the adoption process, FAQs, "How to," and more. Includes the National Foster Care & Adoption Directory (see below).
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: A non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America's foster care systems.
National Adoption Foundation: Provides financial assistance, services and support to families, before, during and after their adoptions are finalized.
- National Council for Adoption: A non-profit, non-sectarian organization, which helps to create and support sound, ethical adoption services. Works with community based agencies, national groups and individuals, to find families for children.
- National Foster Care & Adoption Directory: Formerly the National Adoption Directory, this website offers adoption and foster care resources by State. Search the directory by public or private agency, domestic or intercountry adoption, and more.
- New York State Adoption Service: Provides a listing of approved adoption agencies, information on the adoption process, and links to other adoption resources on the Internet as well as information on post-adoption support.
- New York State Office of Children & Family Services/Foster Care: Provides an overview of foster care and information on becoming a foster parent.
- State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families-Office of Foster Care and Adoption: Information on becoming a licensed foster care or adoptive family or single parent; a list of adoption agencies, and more.
- State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families: Offers information on becoming licensed as a foster family or prospective adoptive family, kinship care, adoption subsidy for those adopting special needs children, and more.
U.S. Department of State Adoption Information: Provides links to government documents regarding intercountry adoption issues.