Adoption Information

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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You are probably looking for adoption information because you're thinking about either adopting a child or possibly putting a child out for adoption. You may, however, just want to learn something about it. Adoption information is a vast storehouse of facts, figures, policies, issues and opinion. To learn what you want from it, you need to be systematic.

Let's first define adoption. The birth parents of a child surrender all rights and responsibilities for that child to another couple or individual so that they can nurture, provide, and care for the child as if it were their own. Such a decision is, almost without exception, made in the best interests of the child.

General Adoption Information

The adoption process is involved, protracted, and legal. It can be reduced to a series of steps. First is the decision to adopt. Second is meeting legal criteria. Third, when it applies, is meeting agency criteria. Fourth is formal preliminary preparation. Fifth is finding and identifying the child. Sixth is petitioning for adoption. Finally, you must finalize the adoption.

A basic category of adoption information is the different types of adoption. They are either public or private. Public adoption, handled by either state or county governments, involves children in foster homes or institutions being placed, according to state law, into adoptive families. State tax dollars and some federal support fund public adoption agencies. Licensed private adoption agencies can be either for-profit or nonprofit. Some focus on children with special needs, particular ethnicities, or international children. Independent adoptions bypass an agency. Either the birth parents place the child directly, or an intermediary does so. Stepparent adoptions, the most common type nationwide, are a class of independent adoptions.

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