Do I Need to go to Court for an Adoption?
All adoptions, whether through an agency or
done privately, 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.

If the court determines that the adoption is in
the child's best interest, the judge will issue an
order approving and finalizing the adoption.
This order, usually called a Final Decree of
Adoption, legalizes the new parent-child
relationship, and changes the child's name to
the name the adoptive parents have chosen.

Do I Need an Adoption Lawyer?
Because of the complexity of the adoption
process, it may be wise to consult with a              
                           Speaking with the proper
attorney will help you understand your rights
and obligations as well as preserve any
possible remedies you may have.
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How Could You Know?

As you lay sleeping far away as still
as you could be...
How could you know the joy today
this photo brings to me?

A few short weeks and you'll be
mine, and "I" will soon be "We".
How could you know the love I feel?
It's something you can't see.

So have sweet dreams, my precious
babe. Sleep well and tenderly.
Some say that you're the lucky one.
How could you know it's me?
--- Kris Laughlin
What is Adoption?
Adoption is a court procedure in which an
adult becomes legally recognized as the
parent of a baby boy or girl, toddler or
teenager who is not his or her biological
child. Adoption formally establishes a
parent-child relationship for all purposes,
including child support obligations,
inheritance rights, and custody. The legal
rules regarding adoption vary significantly
from state to state. Additionally, whether you
choose to adopt through a state agency or
private organization can also bear significant
influence on the adoption process.
Who Can Adopt?
  • Married Couples
  • Single Persons
  • Gay & Lesbian Couples in some
    states

What Facts about the Adoptive Parent(s)
are Considered when Adopting?
  •  Age(s)
  •  Financial Situation
  •  Personal Stability

How Can I Adopt?
There are many ways to adopt a child. These
are the most common:

Agency Adoptions:
Both private and public agencies offer
adoption services. These agencies are
heavily monitored and regulated by the
government, and are generally less
expensive than other resources. As a
drawback, agency adoptions usually involve
long waiting periods, a complicated
application process, and home study
procedures.

Private Adoptions:
With private or independent adoptions, a
child is placed with adoptive parents without
the involvement of an agency. As a result, the
adoption process is often faster and more
efficient. The major drawback is that private
adoptions are usually more expensive
because of the absence of government
subsidies and support services. Private
adoptions are also illegal in several states.

Step-Parent Adoptions:
It is becoming more common for parents to
remarry and have their new spouse adopt
their child from a previous relationship. In
order for a stepparent to adopt, he or she will
need the written consent of the other
biological parent. If this consent is denied,
the stepparent must petition the court to
terminate the parental rights of the biological
parent.
The Gift of Life

I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.

For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.
--- Unknown
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