Types of Adoptions in New York | What You Need to Know

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If you are considering adopting a child, there are a lot of decisions you will have to make. One of the first decisions to make is the type of adoption you wish to pursue. Read on to learn more about your adoption options in New York.

Types of adoption in New York:

Different families will take different paths when it comes to adopting a child. The following options available in New York include:

  • Domestic adoption: This type of adoption occurs when a family or individual who lives in the United States adopts a child who was born and lives in the United States. Typically, this process will involve an adoption agency. Some parents opt for open adoption, which involves the child’s biological parents being involved in the process and potentially having some sort of relationship with the child after.
  • International adoption: This type of adoption refers to when a family or individual who lives in the United States adopts a child who was born in and lives in another country. This type of adoption is much more intricate and demands a lot of travel to and from the child’s home country.
  • Private adoptions: This kind of adoption usually occurs without the help of an adoption agency. This process is facilitated between the birth mother and the adoptive parents.

Some adoptions, like the ones mentioned above, are to add a new member to the family. However, there are some types of adoption that are meant to address legal matters, for example:

  • Adult adoptions: This occurs between two or more adults to transfer inheritance or filiation.
  • Second-parent adoption: This form of adoption generally occurs when a same-sex parent would like to adopt his or her biological or adoptive child without annulling the first parent’s legal status as a parent.
  • Stepparent adoptions: This type of adoption is when a stepparent wants to adopt his or her stepchild. In order to do this, the non-custodial parent must consent to the adoption or have his or her rights terminated. Parental rights will likely only be annulled in events of abuse or neglect.

If you have any questions or concerns about adoption in New York, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced family law attorney.


Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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