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Registry of California Adoption Services Providers

California statute requires an Adoption Service Provider (ASP) to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) having a minimum of five years full-time experience providing professional adoption casework services while employed by a licensed California adoption agency and/or the California Department of Social Services (CDSS.)

The statute does not allow for any substitution of experience. The applicant must have five years of experience in a California adoption agency. Thus, for example, direct-adoption experience in another state--or experience in a California agency providing services other than adoption--cannot count toward the five-year experience requirement.

The Department has no authority to waive, modify or otherwise make exemptions to these statutory requirements.

If you meet the statutory requirements to be an ASP, you may register with the Department by doing the following:

  • 1. Send a photocopy of your original or renewed LCSW and/or MFT license, and
  • 2. Obtain from the California adoption agency or agencies for which you worked while gaining the required five years of experience a letter(s) attesting to your employment experience. (The letter(s) must specify that your experience was professional adoption casework services performed after receipt of either a Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree or a post-graduate degree listed in Section 4980.40 of the California Business and Professions Code.), and
  • 3. List the names of the counties you will be available to provide ASP services.

These documents should be sent as a package to the following address:

Adoptions Services Bureau
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street, MS 8-12-31
Sacramento, California 95814
Attention: Carmen George

The Department will review your submitted documents and, within three weeks of receipt, notify you by mail whether your application has been approved or disapproved.

Below is a current listing of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselors who have been certified by the California Department of Social Services as Adoption Service Providers (ASPs) in accordance with Section 8502 of the California Family Code. Also listed are those licensed private adoption agencies, which have indicated that they will act as ASP. The Registry Grid contains the names of all ASPs (both people and agencies) along with which counties are served by each person or agency listed. Asterisks are placed on the line containing the name of the ASP and in the column representing the counties in which that person or agency provides services.

The ASP Contact list contains contact information for the individual and agency ASPs. Pages in the Contact List correspond with pages in the Registry Grid.

Adoptions Registry Grid

ASP Contact List

Agency Grid

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Adoptions Services Bureau