Content Related To 'Adoption'

Agency vs. Private Adoptions

Lea en español Adoption – An Overview You may be considering adoption for a number of reasons. Perhaps you married someone with children from a prior relationship and you want them to have all the benefits that come with being legally designated as your child. Maybe you want to start a family, but are unable […]




The Child Welfare Information Gateway offers information about laws in adoption and child welfare

If you are considering adoption or are involved in a child-welfare case regarding abuse or neglect, the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers a wealth of information, including updated state laws. The website is a service of the Children’s Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.




COLUMN: The Law in Real Life: Florida Ruling Indicates Bans on Gay Adoption Lack Logic and Relevance

COLUMN: The Law in Real Life by Linda Holmes, J.D. Florida Ruling Indicates Bans on Gay Adoption Lack Logic and Relevance Sept. 29, 2008 There comes a moment when the view of an unpopular law crosses the line to embarrassing; when the thinking behind it has been so thoroughly repudiated that its defense becomes awkward. […]




Adoption Laws

You may be considering adoption for a variety of reasons. You may want to legally adopt the children of a new spouse. You may be unable to build your family biologically. You may need to provide a home to the children of a sibling or other family member who has lost parental rights. The Reasons […]




Agency Adoption

Agency Adoption Versus Private Adoption Domestic adoptions essentially come in two forms: agency adoptions and private, or independent, adoptions. Agency Adoption In an agency adoption, the prospective adoptive parents contact an adoption agency. An adoption agency facilitates the identification of a birth mother, the matching of a birth mother to a prospective adoptive family, the […]




Home Study

Home Study The first step in any adoption is for the prospective adoptive parents to have a home study conducted. In most states, a home study requires that a licensed social worker meet the prospective adoptive family to gather information to submit to the court once an adoption takes place. The social worker also will […]




Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of Parental Rights In any adoption, the parental rights and duties of the birth mother and any potential birth father must be terminated by the court in order for the prospective adoptive family to adopt the child. This termination may occur by law upon signing relinquishment/consent or by judicial action. In many cases, the […]




Family Law and Divorce

Lea en español When things aren’t going well in your family—the bonds between you and your spouse have been broken, or you’ve been unable to build a family—the emotional challenges can make it difficult to take the right steps to protect yourself. Uncertainty about what the future holds can cause significant stress and anxiety. Often, […]