So, you've decided you want to adopt - congratulations! Welcoming a new family member into your life is an exciting endeavor. There are multiple types of adoption, and choosing the right one for you can help ensure that the process is streamlined and meets your needs.
Today, we're covering all the different types of adoption, so you know what's best for you. To work with one of our adoption lawyers on your case, contact our office online or via phone at (559) 900-1263.
Foster Care Adoption
Adoption from a foster care home is the most common way for families and individuals to adopt a child in most states.
During a foster care adoption, you'll work with adoption professionals and the foster care system to evaluate your readiness as a parent. This process includes background checks, a home study to assess the state of your home, interviews, requests for references, and frequently includes parenting classes. If you are approved for adoption, foster care professionals will work to match you with a child who suits you or your family.
Foster care adoption is often less expensive than agency or international adoption and is a wonderful way to introduce a new family member into your life.
Private Agency Adoption
When you conduct a private adoption, you adopt a child directly from their parents, often through a private adoption agency. This method of adoption is typically more expensive than foster care adoption, but can also help prospective adoptive parents ensure that they adopt an infant if doing so is important to them.
Additionally, utilizing private adoption may help prospective parents maintain more control over the adoption process. Most private adoption agencies utilize many of the same readiness procedures as foster care and state-run adoption to ensure the prospective adopters are ready to home and care for a child.
Perhaps the most complex kind of adoption, international adoptions involve working with professionals at United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to adopt a child from another country.
International adoptions often take longer and are more expensive than other types of adoption. Still, they can be a good option for parents who want to adopt a child from another country or who wish to give an individual with less resources a chance at a better life.
At Arnold Law Group, APC, our adoption lawyers can help you uncover the best kind of adoption for your needs and shoulder the legal burden of the adoption process on your behalf.
To work with our veteran adoption attorney on your case, contact us online or via phone at (559) 900-1263.