Adoption Services

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T. Jake Hinkins (Left): The founder of Anderson Hinkins LLC, Jake received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. As a member of the Order of Barristers, Jake specializes in the fields of general litigation, bankruptcy law, business law, personal injury law, family law, and wills/trusts. A highly experienced courtroom counselor, Jake finds satisfaction in helping clients navigate their way through multi-faceted case loads in order to find the best solutions.

John W. Anderson (Right): Also a graduate from the University of Nebraska College of Law, John has served as a judicial clerk for Judge Gregory K. Orme, of the Utah Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Order of Barristers. Specializing in the fields of criminal defense, civil litigation, contracts, business law, construction litigation, and property law, John’s expertise serves as a positive aid for any legal matter.

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Foster Care or Adoption

Establishing the difference between Foster Care and adoption is rather simple. By definition, the goal of Foster Care is to provide children with a safe and supportive family environment, until such time as they are able to be reunited with their biological families. On the other hand, the purpose of adoption is to place children who no longer have the option to return to their biological families, in a loving home with a new family. The decision to choose between either Foster Care or adoption can be daunting, but with open communication and the right information the process can be made lighter. In order to help you make an informed decision, we will include some information concerning both Foster Care and adoption here, along with their relation to one another.

How To Become A Foster Parent

Through Utah Foster Care, becoming a foster family is made possible by following a short set of requirements. After a few “qualifying questions” are asked, a member from Utah Foster Care  will schedule an in-home consultation as a means of helping you decide if this is the right step for you and your family. Upon seeing that it is, they will invite you to a series of training courses to begin a “licensing process.” This process lasts anywhere from 4-6 months, so it is important that if you decide to move forward that you do so as quickly as possible. Throughout the licensing process you will be asked to meet with three agencies: Utah Foster Care, the State Office of Licensing, and the Utah Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS). These agencies will help gauge a variety of factors when considering eligibility for foster care, such as health, finances, and evaluating training. For more information please contact Utah Foster Care or visit their website at