Whether you’ve moved from infertility to adoption, you always dreamed of adopting, or you’re looking to expand your family through adoption, the lengthy process can terrify any would-be parent. At Figueroa Law Group, we strive to make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Here are the basic steps you will need to take on your journey.
Decide Which Type of Adoption You Want
In general, you’ll need to decide whether you want to adopt domestically or internationally. If adopting domestically, there are other things to consider, such as pursuing an open versus a closed adoption or even fostering before adopting.
Choose an Adoption Agency
It’s inaccurate to say that all adoption agencies provide the same level of service with the same success rates. Research your options carefully and compare multiple agencies before making a decision. What may seem like a cheaper option may not include all the services that another agency offers at a slightly higher rate.
Complete the Home Study
An adoption home study is a series of meetings with an agency social worker. Not only does the home study assess whether you’re fit to parent, but it also prepares you for parenting. You’ll need to prep your home to make it as safe and comfortable as possible for your growing family.
Search for a Child or Accept a Referral
Depending on the type of adoption you pursue, you will work with your agency to search for a child or be matched with a birth mother. Agencies working with waiting children will determine whether your family can best meet a specific child’s needs.
Finalize the Adoption
After bringing the child home, there are several remaining steps for finalizing the adoption. You may need to appear before a judge or file legal documents remotely, depending on the program. Having an adoption lawyer in your corner will help when it comes to finalizing the process.
Make sure to consult a lawyer who fully understands the adoption process. Contact Figueroa Law Group today for a consultation.