Arms Wide Adoption Services


Arms Wide Adoption Services' mission is to transform the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families.

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At Arms Wide Adoption Services, we begin with the child in mind. Each child is unique and the journey to finding the right family and home can be unpredictable. We expertly guide families through the process, connecting each child to the right family and supporting them along the way and beyond. No matter where the path leads, Arms Wide honors the story of every family and celebrates with a family fulfilled.

Our team embraces each family with warmth and compassion and holds their hand through the process, whether they are coming for foster care, adoption or post adoption services.

Arms Wide Adoption Services offers:

-Adoption and foster care services for no fee
-Experience placing more 2,100 children in permanent, loving adoptive homes
-Specialization in placing older children, sibling groups, minority children and children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities or delays, who often wait longer than their peers to be adopted
-A 40-year history of personalized, honest adoption-competent programming for children and families
-A 30-year history of supportive post adoption services to children and families
-Programs in English and Spanish


Arms Wide Adoption Services has always focused on finding permanent homes for children who, because of their circumstances, would otherwise grow up in the foster care system, never having had permanent families of their own. To remove any socio-economic barriers, the agency charges no fees for its services.

Arms Wide Adoption Services works very closely with prospective adoptive families to determine the needs of the child(ren) and to help the family meet those needs. A coordinator works with the family through each stage of the adoption process. The coordinator will prepare the family for the joys and challenges of parenting these extraordinary children, provide on-going support services, help ensure legal finalization of the adoption, and remain involved throughout the post adoption period.
"Throughout the process of preparing to be foster parents, we liked how Arms Wide made each step simple and accommodated us when we had to miss a training event. Arms Wide helped us remember paperwork deadlines, and set our minds at ease when we learned support services for their kids would continue long after our adoption was finalized." - The Nelson's, adoptive parents of three.

"During the placement period, the months we spent together before the adoption could be final, Arms Wide Adoption Services continued to be there for us. Arianne Riebel, Manager of Foster Care and Adoption Programs, spent five hours with us, helping us bond and work through any of the challenges we were having as a new family. That wasn't something Arms Wide Adoption Services had to do, but Arianne took her own personal time and caring to do that for us." - The Garcia's, adoptive mom of one.