Adoption Services Branch
The Adoption Services Branch is responsible for program oversight and planning in the area of adoption services. The primary focus is timely permanency planning and achievement for committed children in out of home care.
The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is the primary adoption agency in Kentucky. DCBS places hundreds of children and youth for adoption each year. Most of these children were removed from their birth parents by court order for a variety of reasons. A majority of them have emotional scars from a background that includes abuse or neglect. These children have been maltreated and exploited. Parental rights were terminated because the parents were unable or unwilling to provide proper care for their children.
The children are considered special needs because they have a physical or mental disability, have an emotional or behavioral disorder, have a recognized/documented risk of physical, mental or emotional disorder, is a member of a sibling group consisting of two or more children to be placed together, had a previous adoption disruption or multiple placements, is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority group and is age 2 or older, or the child is at least 7 years old and has a significant emotional or psychological attachment to his/her foster family and it is been determined by the cabinet that it is in the best interest of the child to remain with that family.
DCBS is involved in nearly every adoption that occurs in the state. These placements include those made by licensed private agencies and independent placements. The department receives and processes copies of the adoption application and/or petition. The department also issues Foreign Adoption Certificate of Registration for all international adoptions.
The Adoption Services Branch also conducts birth parent searches for adult adoptees who are 21 years of age and older. The department is able to provide certain background information to adult adoptees and birth relatives after either a written request for non-identifying information or a court order from the court that finalized the adoption.
For help with adoption questions please call Toll Free: (800) 928-4303 or (502) 564-2147
Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP)
The Special Needs Adoption Program provides specialized child-specific recruitment for children in need of an adoptive family.
Special Needs Adoption Program Web Page
Special Needs Adoption Program Information
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services diligently recruits adoptive parents and foster parents on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent to a child in need, please call (800) 232-5437.
Resource Parent Handbook
The Resource Parent Handbook was created for the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) foster/adoptive parents for day-to-day use while caring for the foster children in their homes. It is designed to give practical information as well as guidance to making decisions regarding the care of the children in out of home care.
Resource Parent Handbook