People adopt children, teens, and sometimes even adults for a variety of reasons. Whether biologically childbirth is not an option for you, you are a single parent, you want to help a child who doesn't have a home, or anything else that would make you decide that adoption is the best choice for you, adoption is a big decision. It is important to make sure that you understand the responsibility that you will be taking on. You may not know how the child or teen will adjust, but it is your responsibility to provide a home full of care for them. You are now going to be the one making a huge impact on their future. You have to also understand that the process of adoption will be timely, so you are going to need to be patient as well as understand the process you will need to go through.
Adoption is the process by which a legal parent-child relationship is created between individuals not biologically parent and child. In most cases, adopted children may inherit on an equal basis with biological children under state laws of distribution upon death of a parent. In some states, doctrines of "equitable adoption" allow courts to recognize adoptions when not all statutory procedures have been carried out.The adoption process can be a lengthy process. It can take up to 6 months or even longer. Adoption has to be finalized in court. That can take between 3 - 12 months potentially.
In order to become an adoptive parent, an individual or couple must seek out an agency. They then must get certified as an adoptive family. There are many steps in the process that must be completed in order to be eligible. You must submit an application along with your medical records, complete a background check, and also complete a check by the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. You will then meet with an agency member for a home study. They must feel like you would provide a suitable home for a child. You will be required to attend training sessions, work to find a child that would make a great fit for you, and then finally meet this child. Once the child is placed into your home, you will still need to be supervised in order to make sure your child is in good hands, and receiving proper care. You will then need to finalize the adoption. You will need to hire an attorney and submit an adoption petition. Palacios Law Group provides family law services, and can help you with that.
There is a lot that goes into the process of adopting a child. This can be overwhelming for a couple or a single person who is excited about starting their own family. Getting an attorney with experience will help to prevent any complications, and will help to make the process go much more smoothly.
Source: Office of Children And Family Services