What are the Different Types of Adoption?

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Most attorneys are thrilled to help parents adopt a child. There are few deeds purer than adoption, and by choosing to adopt, you give a child a shot at the happy home he or she has always wanted. However, adoption can be a complicated process, which is why you need to hire an experienced attorney who can help the process move along as smoothly as possible. Below is a list of the different types of adoption available in New York State.

  • Domestic adoption: This is when you adopt a child who was born in the United States, as a family who lives in the United States. These days, open domestic adoptions are becoming more and more popular. Open domestic adoption is when the child’s birth parents consent to the adoption and may have ongoing contact with the child and adoptive family.
  • International adoption: Adopting a child who was not born in the United States and is living in another country is an international adoption. This process is sometimes more involved and may require a lot of travel.
  • LGBT adoption: This form of adoption is for members of the LGBT community. Thankfully, though not legal in every state, LGBT adoption is legal in New York.
  • Second-parent adoption: a second-parent adoption 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.
  • Step-parent adoption: This is when a step-parent adopts his or her stepchild. This will only occur if the child’s non-custodial parent consents to the adoption or if the court is able to prove instances of child abuse or neglect.
  • Private adoption: Private adoption is when you are either adopting through the child’s biological parent or are adopting a child you already know. Generally, you avoid adoption agencies when you go do a private adoption. 
  • Adult adoption: This is generally for two or more adults, and its main function is to transfer inheritance rights and/or filiation.

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While adopting a child is very exciting, the adoption process is known to be extremely document-heavy. You may be required to participate in training courses, home visits, background checks, reference checks, interviews, home inspections and more. An experienced attorney can help you through this oftentimes invasive and personal process. If you wish to adopt a child, it is in your best interest to contact a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney.

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