Can I adopt a baby after having a CPS case?

A case with Child Protective Services (CPS) will be declared either "substantiated" or "unsubstantiated" following an investigation. A substantiated case is one where the investigation yields evidence that abuse or neglect has occurred.

It is unlikely that you will be allowed to adopt if you have a substantiated or unresolved case of abuse and/or neglect involving CPS. If you have an unsubstantiated case you probably, though not definitely, will be allowed to adopt.

In California this determination is made by the Community Care Licensing Division, while in most states this decision is made by the adoption agency.