When reunification with the birth family is not possible, permanence is sought through adoption. First priority is given to the foster parents, with whom the child lives. Trained for both foster care and adoption, potential adoptive parents work closely with agency staff during the process. An adoption social worker is assigned to each parent; the social worker conducts home studies and offers emotional support and assistance throughout the process. SCFFAA supervises each case until the adoption is finalized in court, and an adoption order is granted. Mental health therapy is available to assist families, as appropriate, until the child attains majority (18 years old).
SCFFAA assists families who are interested in independent adoption. Attorneys and facilitators in the community match the families with children. The agency provides home study services, emotional support, post-placement supervision, and adoption workshops.