How to adopt a child

As an Adoption & Foster Care Expert, Jill Boyer explains the different types of adoptions that are available for parents looking to between the adoption process.
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In terms of adopting from the United States, a family will want to know that there are three options of adopting a child that is not related to them. One of them is the infant adoption program or the domestic program where a family is matched with a birth mother who is considering an adoption plan for her child. In those cases the family is going to be taking the child home from the hospital. Another option is adopting from the Foster Care System, where children children have been removed from their homes because of some problem, and over a period of time it's been determined that the child is not able to return to the biological family. The family caring for that child, the foster family, will adopt that child and give them a permanent, loving home. The third option is the international adoption program. There are many countries who are available throughout the world with adoption program, China, Columbia, Haiti, a number of countries where families can adopt children from various ages.

As an Adoption & Foster Care Expert, Jill Boyer explains the different types of adoptions that are available for parents looking to between the adoption process.

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Jill Boyer, MSW

Adoption & Foster Care Expert

Jill W. Boyer, MSW was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing and a Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Ms. Boyer has dedicated her 25-year professional life primarily to supportive services for children and youth.

Prior to coming to Vista Del Mar Child And Family Services in 2005, Ms. Boyer has directed two post-adoption projects at The Institute for Black Parenting in Los Angeles, served as the Director of the Emergency Shelter Care Facility at Children’s Institute International in Torrance, was Acting Director of the Upward Bound Program at Harbor College, and provided and coordinated therapeutic services to families in the CALworks program.

She feels a special connection to adoption and foster care. She brings her experience to the Foster, Foster-Adopt, Domestic Adoption and Intercountry Adoption Programs at Vista, as the Community Services Program Director.

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