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Steps to Becoming an Adoptive Parent

Some of the steps and requirements for New Mexico residents include:

  • Attend your local foster/adoption information meeting
  • Fill out the application completely, and provide personal references
  • Schedule time with your placement social worker to get a background check
  • Attend 32 hours of required foster/adoptive parenting classes
  • Have your placement social worker come to your house to do a home study which will include interviews with everyone living in your household
  • Please note that you must be over the age of 18 with a home, mobile home or apartment which has adequate space for an adopted child or children
  • Have a medical exam by your own physician to ensure that you are healthy
  • Other documents may be required

Inquiries may be made through the foster/adoption hotline at 1-800-432-2075, or email your regional navigator.

Your assigned placement social worker will move you through the described steps over an approximately five-month period of preparation.