Adoption is one of the most joyous moments a family can have. While it is very exciting, the process can be complex and even stressful. The state of New York has many different types of adoption that are tailored to various situations. If you are considering adoption, it is in your best interest to retain a dedicated New York family law attorney to have by your side each step of the way. At the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C., we are committed to helping you achieve your familial goals.
What are the different types of adoption in New York?
New York offers many options for adoption that can be picked according to your family’s circumstances. Your adoption choices in New York include:
- Domestic adoption: This involves someone who resides in the United States and adopts a child who was born in and lives in the United States. This usually necessitates the use of an adoption agency.
- International adoption: Adopting a child who was born in and lives in a foreign country. This example of adoption often entails a lot of travel and can be more intricate than other types.
- LGBT adoption: If you are a member of the LGBT community and wish to adopt a child, this is commonly the plan you will take. Fortunately, this is legal in New York State, though it is more complicated in other states.
- Stepparent adoption: If you are a stepparent and want to adopt your stepchild, you must either get full permission from the child’s non-custodial parent, or the court must terminate the parental rights of his or her biological parent. This generally only happens if there is an indication of child abuse or neglect.
- Private adoption: This type will be used if you are adopting a child you already know, or are adopting through the child’s biological parent. Generally, you will not have to go through an adoption agency to get your adoptive child.
- Second-parent adoption: A second-parent adoption is a legal method that allows a same-sex parent to adopt his or her biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent.
- Adult adoption: Generally, this exists between two or more adults. Its main purpose is to transfer inheritance rights and/or filiation.
What does the adoption process include?
Courts take adoption very seriously and want to ensure that every child is going home to a loving and safe environment. With that being said, courts will ask you for several things. You may need to consent to background checks, attend training courses, have home visits, interviews, home inspections, reference checks, and more.
If you are considering adoption, it is important that you retain the services of a skilled family attorney that can walk you through this complex process. Reach out to our firm today.
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