Adoption involves complex legal issues. Hire the services of an experienced adoption attorney to guide you through the process. If your adoption does not comply with the legal requirements, it can be set aside by a court of law. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact the Thomas Hogan Law Office.
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Modesto Adoption Agencies
For those who wish to adopt, children can be obtained either from a public agency, a licensed private agency, or from independent sources. Some private agencies primarily place children from abroad. The majority of public adoption agencies, which are usually part of a state or city social services unit, place special-needs children. Usually, these children can be placed soon after a home study is completed. Most of these agencies have networks all over the United States and Canada and link children to a large pool of parents. Private agencies, which are set up by nonprofit organizations, may be nonsectarian or affiliated with a religious denomination. When you are dealing with an agency, it is important to ensure that the agency is licensed in your state.
Modesto Family Law: The Adoption Process
Generally, the formal adoption process with a licensed agency begins with an application by the couple to the agency. After the application is completed, medical examinations and other documents are required. Meetings between the adoption worker and the family take place on a one-to-one basis or in a group with other prospective adopting parents. During these interviews, future adoptive parents can be helped to discuss their feelings about adoption and about being parents. Initial questions that parents need to be able to ask comfortably include: What are the requirements that might eliminate them? What is the waiting time for a child of their choice? What is the procedure of that particular agency? Are pre- and post adoption services available?
The risks of independent adoption can be overcome if the birth parents’ lawyer informs the biological mother that she, too, should have a lawyer, if home studies are mandated before a child is placed, and if the parents stay within the limits of the law. Genetic and background family information and pre- and post-adoptive services are possible in independent adoptions as well. Lawyers can research appropriate resources and provide them to all parties in the adoption. The advantage of an independent adoption, where, with the birth mother’s consent, a baby can be transferred as soon as it is born to the prospective adoptive parent’s home, allows for earlier bonding between the adoptive parents and the new child.
In a foreign adoption, prospective parent applicants probably should select an agency that will do the home study, the child placement, and the post-placement supervision. Usually, such an agency will have its own overseas programs or will have contacts with orphanages and lawyers overseas with whom it works for placing children in the United States. The agency will provide information on the programs, the costs, the time frame, and the kinds of children that are available. Agency staff will also assist in the preparation of documents and in communication with overseas sources. Often these agencies have programs in several different countries. A less preferable alternative are agencies present in some areas that only provide home studies and post-placement supervision but do not have any international adoption contacts. In this situation, the applicant has to find an agency out of the area having a foreign adoption program which accepts a home study done by the local agency—a procedure that is more complicated because it requires long distance communication.
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