What is Adoption

Adoptive parents transfer full parental responsibility when they adopt a child. Long-Term Fostering and Special Guardianship are also forming permanence for children, but they do not give them full parental responsibility. A court grants an Adoption Order when a child (ren) is settled with the prospective adoptive parent(s). A court cannot revoke an Adoption Order once granted since adoption is a lifetime commitment.

Adoption is the social, emotional, and legal process in which children whose birth parents will not raise them to become full and permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family.

As a result of adoption, the child’s biological parents (the ones responsible for its birth) give up their parental rights to that child.

Adoption Comes in Four Types

  • Foster Care
  • Foster-to-Adopt
  • Infant adoption
  • Independent adoption

Families can suffer serious strain and stress during the adoption process due to the incredibly lengthy process. Most adoptive parents wait between a few months and a year to adopt a child, and International adoptions tend to be even longer.

For families adopting through a private agency, the adoption cost is typically between $50K and $60K. A typical adoption cost can vary from family to family, but this is an approximate amount.

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