Adoption Options in New York | What to Know
Adoption is a wonderful way to create or add to a family. While it may seem simple, adoption can be a rather complicated process, and there are many different ways to go about it. It is important to educate yourself and prepare for the road ahead. For more information about the different adoption processes in New York, read on and contact an experienced family law attorney.
What are the Different Types of Adoption in New York?
Every family is different and each family will have different reasons for adoption. As a result, there are multiple different routes a family or individual can take when it comes to adopting. Some of these options include:
- Domestic adoptions: these take place within the United States and often rely on the help of an adoption agency.
- Private adoptions: these do not utilize an agency to help pair parents with the birth mother. Typically, the birth mother and adoptive parents arrange the adoption themselves.
- Identified adoptions: This form of adoption is when the adoptive parents and the birth mother of the child find each other independently but finalize the process with the assistance of an adoption agency to ease some of the complexities of the process.
- International adoptions: This form of adoption is when parents adopt a child from another country. It is important that parents understand the legalities of an international adoption, as they are often more difficult than domestic adoptions. Additionally, these adoptions tend to require a lot of travel to and from the child’s home country.
Why do I Need a Family Law Attorney?
You may be wondering why you need an attorney involved in an adoption. There are a lot of legal aspects when it comes to adoption, and it can be a difficult process. Adoption is an intensive, document-heavy process, as the courts need to know whether you are right for the child on several different levels. As a result, it is a good idea to have an experienced family law attorney to walk you through the process. To begin the adoption process, you will enter a 27-hour training period, known as the “Home Study.” You will also be required to submit various personal documents and information, such as your financial standing, employment, schooling, and medical references, to name a few.
If you have any questions about adoption in New York, contact our firm today to discuss.
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