Adoptions can be a very joyous time, but due to the legal procedures and forms both before and after the adoption, a family lawyer is necessary. Due to the multiple types of adoptions and individual cases, a lawyer can ensure the adoption process goes smoothly. The procedures will depend, to an extent, on which type of adoption is taking place. Here are the many different types:
- Private adoptions where the adoption takes place without the involvement or assistance of an adoption agency.
- Agency adoptions are when a licensed adoption agency places the child and facilitates the adoption process.
- Domestic adoptions are adoptions where the child is from the United States.
- International adoptions occur when the child being adopted is from another country.
- Open adoptions allow the adoptive and birth parents to not only know each other’s identity, but also maintain contact once the adoption process is complete.
- Anonymous adoptions do not allow the birth parents to know the adoptive parent’s identity.
- Designated adoptions occur when adoptive parents seek to adopt an expecting mother’s child.
- Stepparent/Relative adoptions are generally a subcategory of private adoptions because a relative close to the child become the adoptive parents, therefore, an agency is not necessary.