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Placement and Recruitment Unit

Welcome
Welcome to the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Placement and Recruitment Unit. Creating or expanding your family through adoption is an enriching and rewarding experience. Each year, hundreds of people, from all walks of life adopt through our agency. If you are already considering adoption or just want some more information about what is entailed in an adoption, please feel free to explore our site.

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About Us
The Placement and Recruitment Unit (PRU) is a specialized unit within the Adoptions division who works with prospective adoptive families, social workers, and children in need of an adoptive family. PRU actively recruits prospective adoptive families in the communities within Los Angeles County. PRU believes that if a child cannot be reunified with their birthparents, then adoption is the most permanent plan for a child. Every child is adoptable and deserves a home to call their own.

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What We Do
Placement and Recruitment Unit (PRU) performs many functions:
  • Advertisement in newspapers and radio.
  • Educates, recruits, and interacts with the public at different community events throughout Los Angeles County throughout the year.
  • Holds 14 different Adoption Orientation meetings per month throughout Los Angeles County.
  • "Match" children who need adoptive homes with prospective adoptive families.
  • Educate social workers, agencies, and families on the adoption process.
  • Coordinate 3-4 Adoption Festivals throughout the year.
  • Coordinate Adoption Internet sites.
  • Coordinate "Wednesday's Child" program with Fox11 News with Christine Devine.
  • Work cooperatively with private agencies.
  • Schedule "Picture Room" appointments and meet with prospective adoptive families when viewing awaiting children.
  • Work with Community Care Licensing for prospective adoptive families to become fost-adopt ready.

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Adoption Information
There are many myths out there about adoption and who can adopt. So here are some of the facts on adoption and who can adopt:
  • Single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed or legally separated adults can adopt regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
  • No age restrictions on who can adopt, except s/he must be at least 18 years old, there is no upper age limit, although s/he must be 10 years older than the child that s/he is adopting.
  • For Los Angeles County Adoptions Division to conduct an adoption homestudy for your family, prospective adoptive families must reside in Los Angeles County. (If you reside outside of Los Angeles County, please contact your local public adoption agency.)
  • Home ownership is not necessary.
  • No set income requirements, but they do need to show they can care for their family's basic needs.
  • The adoptive parent(s) and child do not have to be the same race, color, or same national origin.
  • "Special Needs" is defined as: older children (between 3 and 9 years old), ethnic minorities (most of our kids are African American and Latino and boys), sibling sets, children with adverse parental backgrounds, and children with medical, educational, and psychological needs.
  • The adoption fee is waived for adopting a child through LA County, so the costs to adopt is minimal.
  • Your adopted child qualifies to receive AAP (monthly federal financial assistance) and Med-Cal coverage until 18 years old (or 21 if the child has a physical or mental handicap).
  • Adoptive families are eligible to receive up to $400 in reimbursement for non-recurring adoption expenses.

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How to Contact Us
For further information about adopting a child through the County of Los Angeles, please call (888) 811-1121.

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