A happy family is the dream of every individual, but not everyone is blessed with the joys of life. There are some parents who desire for a child but are not able to have one due to one or the other reasons. In such a case, the only thing that they can do is to adopt a child. If you are thinking of adopting a child to grow your family, you need to be sure about the fact that you will provide love, stability and deserved education to the child. Having a family law attorney by your side can be the best option and will make your work easier.
Generally, people do not know from where to start the search for a child who they can adopt. The lawyers can help you in this regard. They will ask you to decide whether you are willing to adopt the child domestically or internationally. You can choose an option as per your requirements. Once, you are clear, the attorney can guide you through the process and also make you aware of the various ways in which you can adopt a child.
Some of the ways in which you can adopt a child are as follows.
- Agency – getting in touch with an agency is the most common option that people go for. These agencies take care of the children who are given-up by their parents. Now, the agencies can also be of two types, private agencies and public agencies. You can adopt a child from a private agency while the public agency handles the fostered children. If you consider the public agency, you are not required to pay them, but when dealing with private agencies; you will have to spend some money. Depending on the choice you make, the attorney keeps a check on the documentation process.
- International agencies – many parents are now considering international agencies for adopting a child. It can be due to several reasons. But you need to know, adopting a child at an international level is difficult as it is necessary to fulfill the requirements that are mandatory in both the countries. If you have a family lawyer by your side, there is no need to worry as he will take care of the documentation. It is his duty to make sure that immigration and citizenship services are completed to perfection.
- Identified adoption – with the advent in technology, today people are able to find the birth parents that are willing to give up their child. Mostly, people put their requirement for a baby online and the ones who are willing to give up contact them. Once, both the parties agree to the adoption, the process is handled to the agency to take care of the legal adoption procedure.
The family law attorneys will file the required paperwork and make sure that all the legal requirements are fulfilled in order to avoid any hassle in future. If you are adopting at a domestic level, the parental rights of birth parents will be terminated and passed to adoption agency which approves the adoption process and transfers the parental rights to the adopting parents.