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What Is the Basic Procedures for Getting an Adoption?

The adoption process is fairly is straightforward, but not automatic. Whether handled by a third party agency or simply by independent parties, a court must be involved. Whatever your situation, you should carefully review the following:

What Are the Ways to Adopt?

There are many ways and agencies that provide services and help to adopt a child. The most common:

What Are the Types of Adoptions?

In the United States, there are several types of adoptions:

  1. Foster Care Children: These are children who live in foster care homes. Their birth parents cannot take care of them and parental rights have been terminated. These children are waiting to be adopted.
  2. Infant Adoption: These are newborn babies that are available for adoption as soon as they are born. Infant adoptions are very competitive since there are a lot of people who want infants than there are infants available.
  3. Foster- Adoption: These are children placed in your home as foster children, but will be legally free and available for you to adopt them if you chose to do so.
  4. Independent Closed Adoption: The adopting parents will receive no information about the birth parents and there will be no association between birth parents and adoptive parents.
  5. Open Adoption: The birth parents and adoptive parents can contact each other and share letters, photos, phone calls, and different information about the child through the child's life.
  6. Stepchild Adoption: A stepparent can legally adopt the step-parents birth child after marriage.

What Information Does the Adoption Petition Usually Contain?

The information contained in a standard adoption petition is usually straightforward and uncomplicated. The following information is typically included: 

Do I Need to go to Court for an Adoption?

All adoptions must be approved by a court. The adoptive parents must petition for approval from the court as well as participate in an adoption hearing. Additionally, prior to any hearings, anyone who is required to consent to the adoption must receive notice. This includes any biological parents, adoption agencies, the child's legal representative (if a court has appointed one), and the child if he or she is old enough.

Do I Need an Attorney to Handle the Adoption of My Child?

Adoption can be a very difficult and complex process. An experienced family lawyer can help you work with an adoption agency or draft an agreement between independent parties. A family lawyer can also represent you in court.


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Last Modified: 01-23-2017 04:18 PM PST

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