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State Public Adoption Agencies

Each state has a central adoption office based in the state social services headquarters. These offices are primarily concerned with the adoption of foster children, but in most cases, state adoption personnel are also aware of adoption laws and proposed changes to laws. State personnel probably can't recommend individual adoption agencies, but they might be able to tell you about complaints or allegations against specific agencies. If the individuals you contact cannot answer your question, ask whether they know of an organization or group who might know the answer.

Alabama

Alabama Office of Adoption
Department of Human Resources
50 North Ripley St.
Montgomery, AL 3613
0334-242-1374

Alaska

Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services
P.O. 110630
Juneau, AK 99811-0630
907-465-2145

Arizona

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Children, Youth and Families Division
P.O. Box 6123
Phoenix, AZ 85005
602-542-5499

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Division of Children and Family Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot 808
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
501-682-8462

California

Adoptions Branch
California Department of Social Services
744 P St., M/S 19-69
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-2921

Colorado

Colorado Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman St., 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80203
303-866-3197

Connecticut

Department of Children and Families
505 Hudson St.
Hartford, CT 06106
860-550-6350

Delaware

Delaware Division of Child Protective Services
1825 Faulkland Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-633-2655

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Child and Family Services
400 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
202-727-3655

Florida

Florida Department of Children & Families
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg. 7
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-921-2177

Georgia

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Family and Child Services
2 Peachtree St. NW, Ste. 3-323,br> Atlanta, GA 30303
404-657-3558

Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Human Services
810 Richards St., Ste. 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-586-5698



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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption © 2004 by Christine Adamec. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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August 27, 2014



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