What are the different types of adoption?

Though there are many different types of adoption, it all comes down to the same thing: one family is opening their lives and home to a child in need. Adoption takes on many forms and in a lot of situations, may have to consider a number of legal issues as well.

Domestic vs. International Adoption

Domestic and international adoptions are the two most common forms of adoption. These situations also tend to see the most legal matters, simply because when there is another state or country involved, you have an extra set of laws to abide by. In an international adoption, you have the added factor of filling out immigration forms and learning whether the country you are adopting from has any specific regulations that you must follow.

Stepparent Adoptions

In some situations, a child already has at least one parent who has married someone other than their other biological parent. Perhaps the child and their stepparent have formed a strong bond and want to officiate the relationship by officially adopting the child. This allows the child to receive benefits and inheritances from the stepparent in the eyes of the law.

There are also other types of adoptions such as private and second-parent adoptions. If you are considering adoption, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney who can walk you through this equally exciting and stressful process.

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