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Adoption

Adoption is a legal process that creates a new and permanent parent-child relationship where one did not exist before. Adoptions can occur either between related family members, or unrelated individuals. There are many reasons people may want to adopt a child or children, including infertility, stepparent adoption, foster adoption, international adoption and many other very personal reasons or circumstances.

Adoption proceedings take place in court before a judge. Federal and state laws apply to adoption and require certain steps be followed prior to the finalization of an adoption. It is important to have an attorney represent you in the adoption process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a lawyer to adopt a child?
The adoption process is very complicated and should to be handled by an experienced adoption lawyer. A lawyer can file the adoption petition and represent you at the court hearing.

How much does adoption cost?
There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption. Some of which include, the type of adoption professional an adoptive family chooses, the type of adoption, ex. domestic, foster care or international, and variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees will influence the cost for each adoption.

Who can adopt a child?
Usually, any adult who is determined to be a fit parent may adopt a child. Married or unmarried couples may adopt jointly, and a single person may adopt a child through a process known as single-parent adoption.

What is Adoption?
Adoption is meant to establish a legal, lifelong relationship between a parent and child who are not related biologically. The adoptive parent(s) become legally and morally responsible for the child's safety, education, health care and development of life skills, as well as day-to-day care of that child.

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