Adoption is a great way to add to your family. Fortunately, the state of New York provides each family with an array of options that can be chosen based on their unique circumstances. If you are interested in learning about the different types of adoption, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced New York family law attorney. The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC understands the complexities of the adoption process and is committed to ensuring that you and your family can meet your goals.
What different types of adoption are available to my family and me in New York?
There are several options for adoption in the state of New Jersey that can be selected according to your family’s circumstances. Your adoption choices in New York include:
- Domestic adoption: Domestic adoption involves someone in the United States adopting a child who was born in, and lives in, the United States. This usually requires the use of an adoption agency.
- International adoption: This kind of adoption is referred to as intercountry adoption, this process is the adoption of a child who was born in another country. This example of adoption often entails a lot of travel and can be more intricate than other types.
- LGBT adoption: If you are a member of the LGBT community and wish to adopt a child, this is commonly the plan you will take.
- Stepparent adoption: If you are a stepparent and want 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 an indication of child abuse or neglect.
- Private adoption: This type will be used if you are adopting a child you already know, or are adopting through the child’s biological parent. Ordinarily, you will not have to go through an adoption agency to obtain your adoptive child in this case.
- Second-parent adoption: A second-parent adoption is a legal method 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: Typically, this is a form of adoption that exists between two or more adults. Its main objective is to transfer inheritance rights and/or filiation.
If you and your family are considering adoption, it is important to understand all of your options. Reach out to The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC today to speak with one of our skilled and dedicated family law attorneys to learn more.
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