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Division for Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Adoptions

National Adoption Month

The Children

Most children who are placed in foster care by the NH DCYF return to their own families. However, there are some who cannot be safely reunited with their parents and need an alternative permanent plan. Many of these children are adopted by relatives or their foster parents, but some need permanent adoptive homes.

  • All have experienced abuse and /or neglect.
  • Most have special developmental, medical, educational, and emotional needs as a result of their difficult life circumstances.
  • Some are part of a sibling group who need to be adopted together.
  • Most have experienced significant losses in their lives and are grieving.
  • Some will need to maintain a connection with their birth family.
  • Some are older teens who are willing to make a commitment to a family.
  • Others are in residential settings and will need help and patience as they make the transition to life in a family.

To request profiles of children visit or contact DCYF.

Who Can Adopt through DCYF?

DCYF welcomes any individual or couple who are residents of NH. Families who have adopted through NH DCYF come from all walks of life. They may be married, single, have no children, or already be parenting children.

Adoptive families do have:

  • Experience with children
  • A sense of humor
  • A good support system
  • A flexible lifestyle and expectations
  • A willingness to learn
  • The ability to make a long term parenting commitment
  • An enjoyment of the challenge of parenting

The Process

The process to adopt through NH DCYF is designed to give prospective families all of the information they need to decide if adopting through DCYF is the best choice for them. All prospective adoptive families need to be licensed as foster families by their local Resource Worker. Visit becoming a foster parent.

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