The Cabinet for Families & Children of Kentucky provides family preparation in every county in the state. There is no fee for these services; however, there may be minimal fees to cover court and attorney costs during the adoption process.
The adoption process begins with family preparation, a series of meetings between the prospective adoptive family and a social worker, and provides an opportunity for the family to learn more about adoption and to seriously consider their expectations for adopting.
The family preparation process consists of group educational meetings and family consultations. During this time, the following information will be requested:
Your medical history, a recent physical (within one year) is required. A medical condition that is under control (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) usually would not prevent a person from being approved to adopt; however, a serious health problem that affects life expectancy may prevent approval.
Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Registry
A form is completed which the social worker sends off for a state and/or local police check and protective service clearance. We also will need to check your records from other states where you have resided.
You do not have to be wealthy or own your own home to adopt. Even if you receive some type of assistance, you are still eligible to adopt as long as you have adequate resources to provide for your family. Financial assistance in the form of a subsidy is available when adopting many of the children listed.
You will be asked to provide the names, addresses, and phone numbers of individuals who can attest to your experience with children, the stability of your marriage and/or household, and your motivation to adopt.