Who are the children we are typically recruiting for?
Ages 8 and older.
Children who may have experienced trauma
Children who may have developmental, emotional, physical or
Children who may have in-utero exposure to drugs and/or alcohol.
Will I be able to specify what age, gender and special needs of
a child I wish to adopt?
Yes, as part of the home study process the adoption social
worker will discuss your placement preferences. The Department of Family
Services (DFS) will prepare adoption home studies for families who desire
placement of children 8 and older. Younger children may be available as part of
a sibling group.
Are there infants/toddlers available for adoption through the
Department of Family Services?
does not recruit adoptive families for infants or toddlers. Younger
children are typically adopted by relatives or foster parents, if the plan
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What are the minimum qualifications for a prospective
adoptive parent trying to adopt a child through Clark County?
must be at least 10 years older than the child you wish to adopt.
must be a resident of Clark County.
the required background checks.
least 24 hours of Professional Caregivers Pre-Service Training.
an adoption application.
in the adoption home study process.
your home approved for safety.
adult household members will be required to pass background checks and
participate in the home study process.
What special skills and qualities do adoptive parents need?
Exercise sound judgment and decision-making to meet the safety, well-being and permanency needs of foster children.
Be a part of a child and family team (CFT).
Be able to explore your own family and background.
Accept and respect each child as an individual.
Remain supportive of your child as they work through past traumatic experiences.
Is there any training required?
Yes training is required and available at no cost. For
households with two adults who desire to adopt a special needs child, both applicants
must attend all training sessions together.
Can I bring children to the training class?
No. Training content would not be appropriate for children.
Childcare is not provided.
Do I have to be married?
No. You can be single or married, in a domestic
partnership, or living with a significant other. Couples who are not
married can be adoptive parents, however in order to adopt, only one applicant
can legally be the adoptive parent. State regulations require a couple who are legally
married to adopt together. Domestic partners who are
registered in Nevada can adopt together.
Do I have to own my own home?
No. You can own or rent your residence. You can live in an
apartment, house, condominium, townhouse, or mobile home.
Do I need to have a certain amount of income?
No. DFS will look at your income and expenses to ensure
that you are capable of providing for your current household needs as well as a
child’s needs. Lack of sufficient income may preclude you from being approved
Are there any out of pocket expenses to become an adoptive
Adoptive families are required to pay fees to have their background
check completed. Adoptive families incur the cost of physical exams for all
family members. Adoptive families also hire an attorney when it is time to
finalize the adoption. Assistance may be available to reimburse adoptive
families for legal fees up to $500 after the adoption is finalized.
Will an arrest record automatically keep me from being an adoptive
Any conviction may preclude a family from moving forward in
the adoption process. A person’s overall criminal history will be reviewed and
it may be determined from the review that a household will be precluded from
moving forward to the fingerprinting, training, home study and licensing
What if I’ve been investigated by Child Protective Services?
If you have had a substantiated case of child abuse and/or
neglect, then you will be precluded from moving forward to the fingerprinting,
training, home study and licensing processes. If the complaint was
unsubstantiated, you may be asked to provide a written statement regarding the
Will I be given
information concerning the child’s needs?
Yes. The adoption social worker or caseworker will provide you
full disclosure with as much information as is available to the department about the child’s needs. This may include, but are not limited to:
Child and family’s social history
Reasons for adoptive placement
Child’s personality and temperament
Child’s self-help skills and functioning level in comparison to his/her age
Child’s residential placement history
Child’s/sibling’s history of abuse/neglect/abandonment
Information on child’s siblings and strength of their relationship
Child and family’s health and medical history, including known hereditary
Child’s birth records and developmental history
Child’s psychological and psychiatric history and reports
Information on child’s specific special needs
Child’s intellectual functioning and educational reports
How long will the process take to become an approved adoptive
From submission of the pre-screen forms to full licensure, the
process may take a minimum of 3 to 6 months to complete if all
requirements are met in a timely manner. Pre-service training takes a
minimum of 8 weeks to complete.
Am I expected to take any child that I am contacted about?
No. DFS understands that this is a very important decision
and you need to feel comfortable with the placement of a child in your home.
Does the state provide any assistance to families who adopt
children with special needs?
Yes, financial and/or medical assistance is available for children
who meet the criteria of a special needs child. Adoptive families will apply
for assistance as part of adoption process, prior to finalization.
I want to adopt a child through the County. How do I get started?
Call at (702) 455-0800 or email DFSadoptions@ClarkCountyNV.gov to register for an Adoption information session.