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The Obstacle Course Called the “Adoption Process”

The Obstacle Course Called the “Adoption Process”

There are many reasons why someone may choose to adopt. Whether it is because a person in the relationship is infertile, the couple has chosen not to have kids, or this is the chosen method for building a family doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you’ve decided to bring a child into your happy home and become parents. But before you dive into this process you need to know that the adoption process is not always easy and can sometimes be arduous. Before you dive in head first take some time to read up on a few of the obstacles you may face.  To answer questions on adoption, contact Brown Gould Law.

What the Adoption Process Looks Like 

  1. Decide if adoption is right for your family – This is the first and most important step. You and your significant other will need to have long discussions about this method of bringing kids into your family, and if both of you are on board, then you should decide if you would like to adopt a child from a public or private agency. There are pros and cons to both and will require you do your due diligence and research the agencies that you are considering. Take your time and do not rush into this decision.
  2. Get in touch with the adoption agency – Set up an orientation with the agency because the information you receive through this will be valuable. They will discuss their process with you in detail and give you an opportunity to ask questions, obtain their fee schedule, and meet other families that are considering adoption.
  3. Complete a home study – The main goal of the home study is to evaluate your home environment and to help you prepare for adoptive parenting and the arrival of the child.
  4. Wait for your child – This waiting time varies and could be due to any number of factors. This is when you should do your best to keep from becoming impatient and prepare yourself emotionally for the child that you will be bringing into your home.
  5. Finalize the adoption – This will be done when the paternal rights of the birthparents have been terminated, the child will have been in your home for at least six months after which the social worker will submit a recommendation for approval. A judge will then finalize the adoption by awarding the adoptive parents with all legal rights and responsibilities.

Ask a Family Law Lawyer in Oklahoma City

If you have any questions about the adoption process, or are considering adopting a child, and are in need of legal advice or representation please contact Brown and Gould, PLLC.

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