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Where can I find answers to questions about adopting through DCFS?  Go to:

Where can I find information about the children available for adoption through DCFS?  Go to:  Note: There are more children available for adoption than are listed here.  Contact one of the adoption specialists for further information.

Who are the DCFS adoption specialists and how can I contact them?  The area adoption specialists for each county can be found at:

You may also contact Lillie Owens at or contact the Adoption Services Unit at:

DHS/DCFS Adoption Services Unit
P. O. Box 1437, Slot S565
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
Toll Free (888) 736-2820
Local Little Rock (501) 682-8462
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How do we apply to be a potential adoptive family?  Go to:  Besides this application, you will also fill out mounds of paperwork and go through several background checks (similar to the process to become a foster parent).

We want to adopt a child from another state.  Who do we talk to about that?  Interstate adoptions are regulated by the "Interstate Compact on Placement of Children" (ICPC).  For information about adopting children from another state, contact ICPC Administrator Calvin Wilbon at 501-682-8556 or at  You may also contact ICPC Deputy Administrator Gwendolyn Parker at 501-682-8557 or at

Are there tax benefits for adopting a child from DCFS?  You bet!  The Federal Adoption Tax Credit (which is an amount that you can take off your annual income tax) may be more than $12,000 for each child that you adopt, which you can spread over a number of tax years.  In effect, you could end up paying no federal taxes for the next five years when you adopt!  To learn more about income tax benefits for adopting foster kids, you may go to

Are there any other benefits for adopting a child from DCFS?  Yes - there are lots of incentives to adopt children from DCFS.  First, they can go to any Arkansas university, and the state will pay their full tuition.  Also, the children may be eligible for an adoption subsidy from the state, which is a monthly payment for taking care of their needs.  The adoption subsidy is mainly for special needs kids and sibling groups of three or more when adopted together.  You can also get a one-time reimbursement for expenses related to the initial adoption expenses, such as legal fees to finalize the adoption.  And, last but not least, is the satisfaction and love that you will get for providing a permanent home for one or more of our kids that just need a break in life, which has dealt them a bad hand up till now through no fault of their own, but which only you can change.

One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had, nor what my clothes were like, but that the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.

The beautiful pictures on are graciously used by permission and copyrighted by Darrel Tank at  These and more may be seen at  Thank you, Darrel, for your contribution to the foster parents of Arkansas.  We thank you, and our kids thank you!

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This Page Was Last Updated on 08/06/09

All information, forms, manuals, and other material on this web site are freely available to all
foster parents (in any role), potential adoptive parents, DCFS staff, CASA workers, guardian ad litem's,
county judges, legislators, and any other state officials or state employees that may need it.

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Please let me know if you have any other resources or information for foster parents that we can post here.
Your contributions would be greatly appreciated by us and the other foster parents across the state!

Dedicated to Olivia