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International vs. Domestic Adoptions

Lea en español When bringing a new child into your home through adoption, you can choose to look for a child within the United States—a domestic adoption—or you can adopt almost anywhere in the world—an international adoption. There are advantages and disadvantages to both processes. The Financial Commitment It’s a common misconception that an international […]

Open vs. Closed Adoption

Lea en español Until the latter part of the 20th century, adoption often carried a stigma, with the perception that most adoptees were illegitimate children. Accordingly, most adoption proceedings were fairly secretive, and it was common practice that the birth-mother had no contact with or knowledge of the adoptive parents. As the stigma has faded, […]

Agency vs. Private Adoptions

Lea en español Domestic adoptions essentially come in two forms: agency adoptions and private, or independent, adoptions. Agency Adoption In an agency adoption, the prospective adoptive parents contact an adoption agency. An adoption agencyfacilitates the identification of a birth mother, the matching of a birth mother to a prospective adoptive family, the termination of birth-parent […]

Adoption

Lea en español There are several types of adoption procedures that give people different options, whether they choose to adopt a child or deliver a child for adoption. Each type of adoption is specific to a circumstance and carries its own Adoption Laws. Types of adoption: Agency Adoption: Agencies assist mothers who wish to turn […]

The Child Welfare Information Gateway offers information about laws in adoption and child welfare

Lea en español If you are considering adoption or are involved in a child-welfare case regarding abuse or neglect, the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers a wealth of information, including updated state laws. The website is a service of the Children’s Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human […]

COLUMN: The Law in Real Life: Florida Ruling Indicates Bans on Gay Adoption Lack Logic and Relevance

COLUMN: The Law in Real Life by Linda Holmes, J.D. Florida Ruling Indicates Bans on Gay Adoption Lack Logic and Relevance Sept. 29, 2008 There comes a moment when the view of an unpopular law crosses the line to embarrassing; when the thinking behind it has been so thoroughly repudiated that its defense becomes awkward. […]

Adoption Laws

Lea en español You may be considering adoption for a variety of reasons. You may want to legally adopt the children of a new spouse. You may be unable to build your family biologically. You may need to provide a home to the children of a sibling or other family member who has lost parental […]

Agency Adoption

Agency Adoption Versus Private Adoption Domestic adoptions essentially come in two forms: agency adoptions and private, or independent, adoptions. Agency Adoption In an agency adoption, the prospective adoptive parents contact an adoption agency. An adoption agency facilitates the identification of a birth mother, the matching of a birth mother to a prospective adoptive family, the […]

Home Study

Lea en español The first step in any adoption is for the prospective adoptive parents to have a home study conducted. In most states, a home study requires that a licensed social worker meet the prospective adoptive family to gather information to submit to the court once an adoption takes place. The social worker also […]

Adopting from Abroad

If you are considering adopting from oversees, it is important to know that the U.S. government cannot intervene or interfere with a foreign country’s laws regarding inter-country adoption. In other words, your adoption will be entirely subject to the laws of the country from which you wish to adopt, in addition to Visa requirements from […]

Necessity of an adoption agency

An adoption agency is not needed when wishing to adopt a child. The natural parents of a child can directly deal with the adoptive parents. Private adoptions facilitated by attorneys, doctors or other intermediaries, are also becoming more common. When dealing with a private adoption it is important to keep in mind that it is […]

A father’s rights to prevent adoption

Lea en español If you are in a relationship (not a marriage) and your significant other gets pregnant and wants to give the baby up for adoption but you want to keep it, she does not have the right to put it up for adoption without your consent. If a man acknowledges that he is […]

Adoption consideration

Lea en español Adoption is a court procedure by which an adult legally becomes the parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Almost any person found to be a fit parent may be able to adopt a child. Even a single person can adopt a child through a process known as […]