South Dakota Adoption Information

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Adopting in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has an online web site where potential adoptive parents can get information about adoption and request an informational packet. Families can also find a licensed child welfare agency to help them find children who are available for adoption.

The children looking for homes through DSS have experienced abuse and/or neglect and can no longer return to their birth families. DSS works to find adoptive families for their waiting children. Many of the children have special needs and qualify for subsidies, financial assistance, resource assistance, and other post adoptive services.

Potential adoptive parents need to be at least twenty-one years of age to apply to be an adoptive parent. A DSS social worker will make contact with families who are interested in finding out more about the children available for adoption. The social worker will also outline the steps and requirements necessary to complete an adoption.

The home consultations are part of the requirements and consist of three or four visits, in addition to a home safety checklist. Thirty hours of the Parent's Resource for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) training are required. DSS approves applicants after the home visits, training, and all required paperwork has been completed and submitted. Families who get approved to adopt will begin the match process of finding a child.

Families also have the option of finding a child through a licensed child welfare agency. These agencies work with birth families that have chosen adoption for their baby. There are times that agencies have infants who need to find an adoptive home immediately; however, many times the wait for a referral is a lengthy one.

It's important to remember that there are children all over the world who need homes. Your child may be found in a different state or even a different country.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in South Dakota.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near South Dakota in the listing below, provided as a service of

Couples Hoping to Adopt in South Dakota

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Children Waiting for Adoption in South Dakota

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in South Dakota who are hoping to be adopted.

We're sorry, South Dakota does not currently feature children in The Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the photolisting.

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Clara - 2 months ago
I am trying to find a cousin born in the 1940's and given up for adoption. I think born in Sioux City, IA birth mother was from Alcester, SD #1
Keeley - 2 years ago
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I'm trying to find my birth parents. Nothing is really helping me at the moment. I hope this site can help. My birth parents names are Susan and Tod. They got a divorce at some point. I know that because Tod's latest wife found my adoption mother on facebook. I haven't heard anything since then. The message was sent a few years ago. I will do anything to find them... Anything... #2
jenny - 2 years ago
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We are hoping to adopt #3
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