All you need is an open heart and a loving home to change the world one child at a time...


We are the oldest and most trusted adoption agency in Southern California. We are licensed, accredited, approved, and nationally recognized as a leader in the field of adoption. Our Adoption Program encompasses Foster Care and Foster to Adoption, International Adoption, and Domestic Infant Adoption including birth parent options counseling and support services.

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Our Honesty

Our knowledge of the intricacies, issues, processes, and regulations of adoption and our understanding of what brings you to adoption.

Our Compassion

In recognition of what you have experienced and with great compassion, we can guide and support you through the process like no one else.


We welcome all clients regardless of gender, race, age, religion, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, expression, or identity.

Types of Adoption Services

If your heart’s desire is to parent a child from birth, then this program is for you. Our adoption specialists will assist you throughout the entire adoption process from your first inquiry to finalization and beyond.

Our services include:

  • Free Monthly Orientations
  • Pre-Adoption Workshops
  • Home Study Services
  • Hosted Online Profiles for our Prospective Adoptive Parents
  • Counseling and Support for Birth Parents
  • Birth Parent Advisement
  • Birth Parent Relinquishment and Termination of Birth Father Rights
  • ICPC (Interstate Compact Services)
  • Post Placement Supervision
  • Preparation of Court Documents
  • Post Adoption Services
  • Cooperative Adoptions with Attorneys and Facilitators
  • Adoption Service Provider (ASP)
  • Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)

For more information, please contact (310) 836-1223 x 281 or email

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24 Hour Birth Parent Line: (213)927-5607

If you are pregnant and want to know about your options, we are here to help.

Know that you are not alone. More than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned and for some women, neither timing nor their life circumstances makes it feel like it’s the right time for them to become parents.

All of our services to pregnant women are free.

We are here to help and support you no matter the choice you make, whether you choose to parent, discontinue your pregnancy or make an adoption plan, we are here to help you.

If you decide to make an adoption plan, we will assist you through the entire adoption process. We will help you choose the family that you want to adopt your child and that will share the same vision as you for an ongoing relationship into the future.

Our experienced staff can provide you with hassle free assistance in the following areas: Counseling, Community Referrals, Hospital Planning, and Financial Support for those pregnancy-related expenses provided by law.

Please call or text us at (213) 927-5607 or email to see how we can help you.

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If you’re drawn to a particular country or culture and wish to adopt a child older than two years old, this program can help you build your family. There are a number of countries that work with U.S. couples hoping to adopt, so identifying which country works best for your family is usually the first step.

We are a Hague accredited agency and have a placing program in the Philippines. With this program, we oversee the entire adoption process: from providing a home study to processing and monitoring the placement of children while working with the respective government central authorities.

Bulgaria Program

Our Bulgaria program is now open! In 2018 the National Association ISKRA in Bulgaria accredited Adoptions at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services to be an adoption service provider for families seeking to adopt from their country. Families can adopt orphans and relative children. The children of Bulgaria in need of adoption are toddler to school aged children, as well as children with special needs of all ages and sibling groups of two or more children. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook, where we post pictures and small bios of the children monthly.

Philippines Program

Vista has been assisting families in adopting from the Philippines for over 23 years. It’s a unique program because families can adopt orphans or related children. We also offer older child adoptions through the special Home Finding Unit of the Intercountry Adoption Board.

Adopting From Other Countries

In addition to our placing program, we collaborate with U.S. agencies in facilitating adoptions in both Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention countries. In this case, we do not oversee the entire adoption process but provide the home study and post placement services, including support groups and counseling.

Training Requirements

It is now a mandatory requirement that 10-12 hours of pre-adoption education be completed before you receive an approved home study report, and we will help guide you in meeting those educational requirements.

All you need is an open heart and a loving home to change the world one child at a time.

Please call (310) 836-1223 x 409 or email

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Intercountry Orientation

Pre-registration is required. Cost is free.

Individualized orientation, please call for appointment: Angelica Greenberg, Tel. (310) 836-1223 Ext. 409

There are thousands of children in California and more across the country who are in need of a forever family. Some are legally free for adoption right now and others are in the process. In many cities, courts will not terminate parental rights until a viable prospective adoptive family is identified.

The children range in age from 1 to 21 years old. They may be part of a sibling group or they may have a special educational or medical need - but all are in need of someone to open their heart and their home to them, and someone to call Mom or Dad.

All you need is an open heart and a loving home to change the world one child at a time.

Call (310) 836-1223 x 281 and enroll for a free orientation!

View Foster-to-Adoption FAQs

Every day hundreds of children are brought into the foster care system in Los Angeles. They come from all walks of life and often come from family situations where they have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect.

Potential foster parents may choose from among three Vista Del Mar foster programs designed to be solution-focused, strength-based, needs-driven, community-centered, and culturally competent:

To learn more about foster care programs or become a foster parent, call (310) 836-1223 x 447 or email

The State of California's photolisting of children in foster care who are available for adoption.

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