Deciding to adopt a child is unfamiliar territory and it helps to go into the process with a basic understanding of how it works. Every situation is not the same, but there are some aspects that are in common with many adoptions. Take a look at these answers to seven commonly asked questions about adoption to expand your knowledge on the subject and decide if it’s the right option for you.
What do I need to do to start the process?
The general process of being approved to be an adoptive parent begins with finding an agency to conduct a home study. You can choose between a public or private agency.
What information do I provide?
Before you can be approved to adopt you’ll need to provide a variety of information. This includes answering many questions about parenting beliefs, your background, family structure, education, employment, finances and everything else relevant to your situation.
Can I adopt if I’m single?
Being single is not a reason to be denied to adopt. It can be a bit more difficult, but it’s not impossible.
How much does it cost?
Adoption costs are far from static. The amount you’ll pay depends on the agency you’re working with, fees for things such as applications or a home study and costs such as traveling to the destination where the child is. The unfamiliarity can be eased with assistance from an Arizona family lawyer.
How long does it take to get a match?
This is something else that isn’t the same for every situation. It depends on your availability, preferences for age, and location. Expect the process to take a minimum of six months to get going and a couple years if you’re looking to adopt an infant.
What is the difference between open and closed?
A closed adoption keeps information about the birth parents private with no communication between them and the adoptive parents. Some open adoptions do provide contact on a regular basis.
Is there a support network?
A support network is available for both adoptive parents and children after placement. Counseling offers social, educational and support activities.
It is beneficial to seek services from a Scottsdale family attorney once your make the decision to adopt. The Law office of Attorney Hope E. Fruchtman can guide you on the process and ease your concerns. If you have questions about adoption, do not hesitate to contact a family attorney who can help you.