Adopting a Child in the State of New Jersey

Adopting a child is an exciting, albeit very involved process. Fortunately, our firm is delighted to help all those considering adoption. Learn more about the adoption process by reading on and reaching out to our experienced, compassionate firm. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Are there different types of adoption?

There are various types of adoption; each for a different circumstance. When you are adopting a child, you must understand your specific situation and the process that you will have to follow. Here are some of the most common types of adoption:

  • Domestic adoption: If you are adopting a child who was born in the United States, it is regarded as a domestic adoption. In today’s world, it is generally agreed that children involved in domestic adoptions should remain in touch with their biological parents, if at all possible.
  • Private adoption: This is when an adoptive parent adopts a child directly from the child’s biological parent. Generally, with a private adoption, adoptive parents avoid the foster care system.
  • International adoption: International adoption is when you adopt a child who was born in and lives in another country. Generally, these adoptions require a lot of travel back and forth, so you must understand what you are getting into before you begin.
  • Step-parent or grandparent adoption: These usually only happen when a child’s biological parent either waives his or her parental rights or the court has deemed the parent unfit to raise a child.

What is the process of adopting a child?

Adopting a child is a wonderful experience, and is one of the most positive things anyone can do for another human being. However, adoption is an intensive, document-heavy process, as the courts need to know whether you are right for the child, on several different levels. To begin the adoption process, you will enter a 27-hour training period, known as the “Home Study.” You will also be required to submit various personal documents and information, such as your financial standing, employment, schooling, and medical references, to name a few.

Once you submit your application to adopt a child, you will go through the CP&P and acquire the state’s approval to adopt. From here, you will have to meet and match with a child, have all involved parties give their consent to the adoption, and finalize the adoption in court. You will be subjected to home visits afterward to ensure your child is in a safe, positive environment.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

If adoption is something you are interested in, it is important to have quality legal support on your side. Ross & Calandrillo, LLC understands how important these goals are and we are honored to be a legal resource for families across the state. When you are diving into a complicated process like adoption, experience matters. For effective legal services from a law firm with years of success protecting the rights of families through the process, contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC.