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    Special-needs adoption
    An_191069 posted:
    I am trying to adopt a special needs child currently, and have never adopted before, though I do have two biological children. I'm not sure where to start. I know these things can be easily googled and whatnot, but I would love some advice from people who've been here before, with adoption in general or special needs adoption. Thanks!
    fiannakyn responded:
    I have started the actual adoption proccess but you have several options within the special needs segment

    decide if you wish to adopt internationaly or domesticly

    internationaly- I recomend checking out its an comprehensive adoption website specializing in special needs of children in eastern Eroupe and ruissa.

    domestic- there are a few private adoption programs that specialzie in special needs, OR you can contact your local department of Family Services Children's devision.

    the DFS have special needs children waiting in foster care where the parental rights were already terminated and they are looking for adoptive parents. Most states require adoptive only parents to take the foster care training anyway (to prepare the parent for a child that was in the system) but you dont have to deal with the system except for the transfer.

    I would recomend contacting DFS, if nothing else, I know they would also know of adoption agencys that they work with to get those kids homes.

    We're going to adopt from our county's DFS. We're reluctantly not accepting placement of severely medical special needs due to our inexperience and my own special needs (I have mild cerebral palsy) but social or minor special needs are on our ok list. MIssouri (my state) also classifies ALL foster children as "special needs" when it comes to state aid.

    Maybe one of the other gals who pop on here sometimes can fill in the blanks
    Vicky(33), married 10 years, no children. Fought (and lost) infertility for all 10 years. Moving on to adoption, hoping to be able to do it via foster system.

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