Adopting a child can be a vigorous process, but it is also extremely rewarding. Many people have a certain idea about what adoption is or what it entails, but in reality, there are many different ways to go about adopting a child. For each circumstance, there is a different type of adoption, so you and your family can find the best option for your situation. Read on to learn more about adoption in New Jersey.
Different Types of Adoption in New Jersey:
Adoption is often portrayed in tv shows and movies a certain way. In reality, it is a complex process with a lot of various possibilities and options. Adoption can mean adopting a child born in another country or legally adopting your own stepchild, and everything in-between. Below are different adoption options available in New Jersey:
- Domestic adoption: This is when you, a United States resident, choose to adopt a child who was born in, and lives in, the United States.
- Open domestic adoptions are becoming increasingly popular. Open domestic adoption occurs when your adoptive child’s birth parents consent to the adoption and have ongoing contact with the child.
- International adoption: Adopting a child from another country is known as an international adoption. It is important to understand that this process usually requires a lot of travel and can be especially complex.
- LGBT adoption: In New Jersey, LGBT couples are allowed to adopt a child. This may be more complicated in other parts of the country.
- Second-parent adoption: A same-sex parent may adopt his or her biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent.
- Private adoption: A private adoption occurs when you are either adopting a child through his or her biological parent, or you are adopting a child you already know. You can usually avoid adoption agencies by taking this route.
- Stepparent adoption: This form of adoption requires either the consent of the non-custodial parent or the termination of his or her biological parental rights. Usually, the only grounds for termination involve evidence of abuse or neglect.
- Adult adoption: This is when two or more adults wish to transfer inheritance rights and/or filiation.
If you are interested in any of the options above, you will want to reach out to an experienced family law attorney. Contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated attorney who will walk you through the process and advocate for you every step of the way.
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