The Steps in an Adoption Process

The Steps in an Adoption Process

The adoption process is guided by regulations and laws from beginning to end. There are federal and state laws that apply to prospective birth mothers and adoptive families. So this means someone who wants to adopt will not only have to conduct the adoption process in the way instructed, but complete tons of paperwork and submit it in a timely fashion. Because of how stressful it can be, many prospective adopters recruit help from a lawyer who is experienced in family law.

Adoption is the process of forming a legal parent-child relationship, when the person is not of the child’s birth or biological parent. Upon adoption finalization, adoptive parent(s) have certain duties, obligations, and rights just as if they were the child’s natural parent. Because this relationship is permanent, it is viewed as that of a birth family by law, and parents receive a new birth certificate. 

The laws regarding who can and cannot adopt vary by state, and the legalities can be difficult to figure out without legal guidance. Understanding the current adoption laws and how they may be changing can make the experience that much more confusing. Adoptive parents can feel more empowered about the process if they have a lawyer to turn to for questions and concerns. Generally, these are the steps involved in adoption: 

  1. Adoptive parent(s) decide that adoption is right for them.
  2. Adoptive parent(s) choose to adopt through an agency or independently. 
  3. Paperwork is completed and submitted to the court and appropriate parties.
  4. Biological parents are served adoption notice. (If applies)
  5. Adoption is finalized in court with assistance from a lawyer.

The role of an adoption lawyer is to handle complicated legal matters and help their client get the best chances possible for adoption approval. An adoption lawyer is a crucial component of any adoption process. Consider contacting a Family Lawyer from The Law Group of Iowa for more information.