Since 1989, Latino Family Institute has been working with individuals and couples from all walks of life to help them realize their dream of becoming a family with children.
LFI offers full-service adoption-related services free of charge and is committed to ensuring the best match for each family and child we serve. In keeping with our mission to build strong, nurturing families, it is the policy of LFI not to exclude persons from consideration as prospective adoptive parents on the basis of their race, religion, cultural heritage, physical handicaps, sexual orientation, marital status or age.
At LFI, our overriding concern is the timely placement of a child with permanent and nurturing caretakers that are sensitive to child’s trauma history and their developmental, social, emotional, cognitive, physical needs.
How long does the home study process typically take?The length of time it takes for your home study to be complete largely depends on you! You will need to complete some forms, collect some documents and provide these to us in order for us to be able to make a complete assessment of your home and family. We will also need to schedule home visits for you with one of our social workers to do your home study assessment.
How will I know the status of my home study?Throughout your home study you will be working closely with your Social Worker. Your assigned Social Worker will keep you apprised of each step needed in the home study, from fingerprinting to submission of other documents.
What qualifications do the adoption social workers have?All LFI Social Workers have a Masters Degree in Social Work or Social Welfare. Many of our Social Workers are also licensed as Clinical Social Workers in the State of California. All LFI staff is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural.