Adoption is a wonderful way to create a family. It is important to note that families or individuals who are interested in adopting a child have many different options. If you are interested in adoption, you should reach out to an experienced family law attorney to discuss which option may be best for you. Read on to learn more about adoption in New York and some of the various routes you can take.

Adoption Options in New York:

When it comes to adoption, you have a lot of different possibilities. Your options may include:

  • Domestic adoption: Domestic adoption involves someone in the United States adopting a child who was born in, and lives in, the United States. 
  • International adoption: Sometimes referred to as intercountry adoption, this process is the adoption of a child who was born in another country. This type of adoption often involves a lot of travel and can be more complex than other types.
  • Stepparent adoption: If you are a stepparent and wish to adopt your stepchild, you must either get full permission from the child’s non-custodial parent, or the court must terminate the parental rights of his or her biological parent. This generally only happens if there is evidence of child abuse or neglect.
  • Private adoption: You may go through the private adoption process if you are adopting a child you already know, or are adopting through the child’s biological parent. Generally, you will not have to go through an adoption agency to acquire your adoptive child in this case.
  • LGBT adoption: If you are a member of the LGBT community and wish to adopt a child, this is generally the route you will take.
  • Second-parent adoption: A second-parent adoption is a legal procedure that allows a same-sex parent to adopt his or her biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent. 
  • Adult adoption: Essentially, this is a form of adoption that exists between two or more adults. Its main purpose is to transfer inheritance rights and/or filiation. 

If you are considering the prospect of adoption, you will want to reach out to a dedicated family law attorney who can guide you through the process and advocate for you every step of the way. Contact our firm today to speak with an attorney.

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