California Domestic Adoption Program

Eligibility Requirements
Nightlight® Christian Adoptions is licensed by the California Department of Social Services to select suitable families for children needing adoption. The selection of adoptive parents is based on their eligibility to meet state and agency requirements, foreign country requirements (if applicable), their capacity for adoptive parenthood, and the availability of children whose needs they can meet.
Nightlight can perform Agency Adoptions only for families living within California. Other Domestic adoption services are available to families through out the United States. Please contact our office for specific details.
Applicants must be committed to providing their child with a constructive, wholesome and spiritual home environment.
Adoptive applicants must give evidence of good health, both physical and mental, which will be verified during the application process by medical examinations and psychological evaluations.
None; however, birthmothers tend to prefer families in their 30’s or early 40’s.
Adoptive applicants need to be married for a minimum of two years at the time of application. Married applicants must have satisfying and secure marriage. Single applicants are eligible to adopt if they meet the qualifications. However, our experience has been that single applicants are not chosen because the expectant parents that choose Nightlight request married couples.
Classes and reading are required of adoptive families pertaining to parenting skills and adoption issues. Our goal is to prepare you to be the best parents possible for your child.
Adoptive applicants must be able to provide a financially stable home, demonstrated by a solid credit history and ability to live within their means.
Before beginning the adoption process, all applicants need to be complete with infertility treatments so that they can completely focus on the adoption process. If during the home study or adoption process, prospective adoptive parents become pregnant, they need to notify Nightlight immediately. Their file will be placed on hold until the child is one year of age, at which time they may reenter the adoption process.
In order to have adequate time for attachment and bonding, it is important to have a minimum of one year with the child/ren in the home before beginning placement of another child in the home. Please take this into consideration when starting the adoption process.
For answers to your questions about domestic adoption, visit the Domestic Adoption FAQ’s Section
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We would love to see you at one of our free information seminars! These seminars are an excellent way to have your preliminary questions answered, get to know the Nightlight staff and meet other families beginning the adoption process. Seminars are held every 2 months. Call the office for more information and to RSVP for an upcoming seminar.

How do we get started?

Once we receive your application, we will contact you to discuss the domestic program and send you our Agreement. Once the Agreement is received, we will assist you with beginning the home study process, which is the first step in the domestic program.

Please read the information provided and FAQs before submitting your application. If you have questions, contact our Domestic Adoption Manager, by phone at (714) 693-5437 or by e-mail at

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