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Many of the children in Florida’s foster care system are available for adoption and awaiting forever families. When you adopt, you are providing a second chance for a child to be part of a loving home. Through Eckerd Community Alternatives, we help place foster children into loving adoptive homes in the Tampa Bay area as well as other parts of the state.

Steps to Adoption

Get Trained. You’ll learn about children in foster care, begin to understand their grief and loss issues, and much more.

Get Home Studied to ensure that you, your family and your home are prepared and safe for adoption. The home study includes background checks for all household members – all at no cost to you. If everything is favorable, your home study will be approved and you’ll be ready to explore the next step in the process.

Get Matched with a child, teen or sibling group. During this part of the process you will learn more about the child or children you are matched with, and they will be learning about you. When the child is comfortable, an initial short visit at your home occurs. This initial visit is followed by longer and longer visits until the adoption worker, child and family agree that an overnight or extended visit can occur. The official placement in your home will occur when you, the child and the adoption worker determine that the child is ready.

Get Official by finalizing the adoption in a court of law, at which time the child becomes a permanent and legal member your family, affording you all the rights and responsibilities that come with parenting a biological child.


If you would like to learn more about becoming an adoptive parent for a foster child in the Tampa Bay area, we encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly by call toll-free at (866) 233-0790.

You may also visit Children Awaiting Adopting in our area, or complete the form below to have an adoption specialist contact you.

  • If you live in Pasco County or Pinellas County in Florida, please visit this page.