California Adoption

If you’ve been thinking about adding to your family via adoption, whether because you are having difficulty having biological children or you simply have more love to give, it’s important to ensure you understand the process and determine the best course of action to take. You also need to know how much it will cost and what is involved in the process. While it may seem as simple as filling out paperwork and taking the child home with you, there are many more steps to the process to ensure every child gets a safe, loving home that will last a lifetime.

When you go through with an adoption, you are legally taking on a child as your own and ensuring a new parent/child relationship. This relationship is designed to last a lifetime. However, there are different types of adoptions you must first understand before moving forward with the process.

Types of Adoption

In general, there are two main types of adoption, though there may be some sub-types to understand as you go through the process. One type is a step-parent or domestic partner adoption, which means a spouse or domestic partner who isn’t the biological parent of the child adopts him or her as their own. This requires either the voluntary or court-ordered termination of parental rights. The type of adoption most people think of when they hear the term is independent adoption. This can take place through an adoption agency, an international adoption or independently.

Step-Parent or Domestic Partner Adoption

If you’re considering a step-parent or domestic partner adoption, it’s important that the individual seeking to adopt is married or in a legal domestic partnership. This type of adoption, while still difficult to obtain, is sometimes easier because it only requires adoption by one parent. The other parent is already the biological parent. However, it will require the other parent to sign off on their rights or for the court to terminate their rights. This can sometimes be a long uphill battle, depending on the circumstances.To file for this type of adoption, you will need to:

  • Get informed about the adoption process
  • Fill out the forms
  • Review the forms
  • Make two or more copies of the forms
  • File the forms with the court
  • Talk to the child about the adoption

You may also need to:

  • Serve the other birth parent
  • Go through an interview and investigation process
  • Get a court date
  • Attend the hearing as scheduled

Independent Adoptions

Adopting a child through a domestic or international agency, as well as independently through an arrangement, can be more complex and much more expensive. While you may not have to serve a birth parent to seek parental rights termination, the court wants to make sure you are a good fit. In most cases, however, the agency will help you through the entire process to ensure the best results. This process involves:

  • Get informed on the process
  • Fill out forms
  • Put your forms through review
  • Make copies of your forms
  • File the forms with the court
  • Go through an interview and investigation
  • Get your court date
  • Attend the hearing

At the end of the process, you will gain a relationship with a wonderful new child and expand your family.