What are the Different Types of Adoption in the State of New York?

If you are considering adopting a child, you are most likely more than ready to begin the process. Adoption is one of the rare instances in life where each party is equally rewarded. You give a child the home he or she has always wanted, and in turn, that child provides you with love and a bond unlike any other. If you are considering getting an adoption, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the different types of adoption?

  • Domestic adoption: This is when you, as a person living in the United States, wish to adopt a child who was also born in the United States. Open domestic adoptions have become increasingly popular, as they allow for the adoptive child to keep in touch with his or her biological parents, while his or her biological parents may also keep in touch with the adoptive family. 
  • International adoption: This, rather self-explanatory, is when you wish to adopt a child who is not currently living in the United States. This process is rewarding, but usually requires a great deal of travel before it is over.
  • LGBT adoption: Thankfully, in the state of New York, LGBT couples are able to adopt a child.
  • Second-parent adoption: This form of adoption will allow a same-sex parent to adopt his or her biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent.
  • Private adoption: This is when you wish to either adopt a child you already know or are adopting a child through his or her biological parent. This form of adoption will generally avoid adoption agencies altogether. 
  • Step-parent adoption: This is when a step-parent wishes to adopt his or her stepchild. In order to do so, he or she must either get permission from the child’s biological parent, or the biological parent must have his or her parental rights terminated. This will usually only happen if there is evidence of abuse or neglect.

What legal issues may arise during the adoption process?

While adoption is extremely noble and rewarding, the process is not always easy. If you are seeking to adopt a child, you may face relinquishment, reclamation, requests for future involvement, and parents that have been institutionalized or incarcerated. This is why it is in your best interest to hire an experienced and compassionate attorney who can help ensure your adoption matters are resolved in the quickest, most efficient way possible, so you can begin enjoying your time with your new son or daughter. 

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Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.