The Adoption Process
Adopting is an incredible process that changes the lives of everyone involved. Adoption attorneys want to ensure this experience remains exciting, stress free and ends with a wonderful addition to your family. Where to even begin in this process?
Adoption laws vary by state, it is essential to be aware and knowledgeable of all local adoption laws to avoid any complications that may arise in the future and affect your family.
Adoption attorneys will support you on every step of this new journey. This includes helping you find the perfect agency to get started with, filing of your necessary paperwork, preparing for any hearings or representation in court, handling any issues with birth parents, answering complicated questions, and overall helping you make the best decisions for you and your family.
Adoption attorneys are here to guide you and make the adopting process as smooth and simple as possible so that you can truly enjoy the excitement of adopting.
Types of Adoption
There are many different types of adoptions that your adoption attorney will assist you in navigating through these and helping you make the best choices.
All types of adoption must be done in ways that abide by the laws of the state Some of the most common types of adoption include:
International Adoption - International adoption is the process of adopting a child from another country. In this type of adoption, you must follow the laws of both your state and the country the child is currently living. Parents will be required to acquire an immigrant visa for that child. International adoption is one of the more difficult processes that an adoption lawyer can help with significantly.
Infant Adoption - Infant adoption is an extremely popular adoption process in which the adopting parent chooses to adopt their child as an infant.
Children currently in foster care – This is the process of adopting a child who cannot be cared for by their birth parents. These kids of all ages stay in foster groups or homes until they are adopted or become of legal age to live independently. There are currently more than 400,000 children living in foster care in the United States. The average age of these children is 8 years old. An adoption attorney can help you begin the process of getting to know the children that are currently living in foster homes and working with agencies to get the adoption started.
Stepparent Adoption - Step parent adoption is a very simple process when all parties are consenting to this adoption. An attorney may need to get involved when one of the parents is not consenting as this can lead to a large amount of paperwork and waiting.
Relative Adoption - This is an adoption process in which family members such as aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, etc. of that child adopt him/her. This process may happen in the case that the child’s parents are not around or possibly not fit to raise their child and there is a relative that can provide this child a safe and caring home instead of going into foster care.