Licensing - HSLIC

Adoption Agencies

The purpose of the public agency (State of Utah – Department of Human Services) and private adoption agencies is to place a child permanently into a home for adoption. Child placing agencies that are licensed to provide foster care services may place a child temporarily in an approved foster home setting. Their primary purpose is the welfare of the child and finding a permanent loving home for that child.

Adoption services include:

    • Services for birth parents
    • Services for the children
    • Services for adoptive applicants and parents

Pre-placement services for birth parents begin with a private assessment of the pregnancy and personal circumstances, and plans for the future made with the help of an agency social worker.

Pre-placement services for adoptive parents begin with the involvement of adoptive applicants in a process to determine, with the agency, whether they are capable of becoming parents who can meet the needs of an adopted child and what kind of child could benefit from their home and bring them the satisfactions of parenthood.

Programs follow state rules in providing the variety of services they offer. Programs may offer domestic or may offer international placements. Each program is reviewed annually and is issued an annual license to operate. Any concerns may be expressed to the Licensing Specialist working with these programs.

Lists of Licensed Adoption Agencies and Child Placing Agencies that do foster care only are available at our online search page.

Anyone interested in pursuing a family adoption can find information in the yellow pages under Adoption.
The Utah Adoption Council provides a statewide network for support of adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Their address is:

Utah Adoption Council
P.O. Box 2069
Salt Lake City, Utah 84110

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