Adoption is one of the few areas falling under Family Law that brings to mind a sense of hope and happiness, the building of one's family. The process of adoption, however, can be quite daunting.
Adoption laws can vary not only by state, but also according to the country in which you are adopting. The process of adoption is a long one, and involves several steps.
Once you decide you are ready to begin the process, it generally unfolds thusly. Prospective parents must:
  • Meet the basic legal requirements to be eligible to do so
  • Decide if the adoption will be completed through an agency, or through private parties
  • Decide if the adoption will be open or closed
  • Complete a home study
  • The parental rights for the birth parents must be terminated
  • Finally, the adoption paperwork can be filed with the court.
The internet is a great resource for beginning to gather information about the way the process might work in your state. You can search for local parent support organizations which contain information about adoption. You might also be able to find helpful online discussion forums specific to the type of adoption you are seeking.
Lastly, it probably goes without saying that the adoption process is not only a legal one, but an emotional one as well. Talking to other parents who have been through the process, or who may be familiar with the system, may be able to give some moral support that other resources cannot offer.
When you're ready to find out more about how the adoption process might unravel for your family, you can contact an adoption lawyer to arrange for an initial consultation.
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