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The Different Types of Adoption

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in Adoption Law | 0 comments

Many people who haven’t gone through the process make think that adopting a child is relatively simple. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Often times, those looking to adopt a child may have to deal with a wide range of complications, ranging from interviews to paperwork. The adoption process can take years and cost thousands of dollars.

One of the ways that you can mitigate the effects that the adoption process can have on your mental health, your bank account, and your time is to understand the different types of adoption and which you and your partner are looking to pursue.

To understand more about the different types of adoption and by extension, make your adoption experience a little bit smoother, check out this post detailing the different types of adoption options.

Local Adoptions

A local adoption means that you are adopting a child from the same state in which you live. For example, if you live in California, it means that you are looking to adopt a child that is also from California or is at an agency, orphanage, or will be born in California.

A local adoption may be the ideal choice for couples who do not want to spend a lot of money on travel to go to interviews or meet with the child that they are potentially adopting.

If you’re considering a local adoption, check out the various methods of adoption available in your state. You should check out the adoption agencies available as well as the different orphanages looking to find children a new home.

Domestic Adoptions

It may be tempting to confuse local and domestic adoptions, but the two are a bit different. Assuming you are from the United States, a domestic adoption does mean that you are adopting a child from the United States, but from another state. If a married couple from Texas was looking to adopt a child from New Jersey, that would be a domestic adoption.

Couples may choose to go the domestic route due to a lack of options in their own state, or maybe they just really clicked with an agency in another state. Because domestic adoptions are presumably farther away, it will take a bit more money and energy to pursue this adoption process.

International Adoption

International adoption is exactly like it sounds. This adoption process is much more complicated than local or domestic adoption because a couple looking to adopt will have to abide by the rules and regulations put out by the country from which they are looking to adopt. As you can probably tell, this is the option that will require the most traveling and perhaps the most energy. It also may take a considerably longer time due to time differences and delivery of important paperwork.

No matter what option you’re considering, you should reach out to an adoption attorney like the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. to discuss the process. They’ll be able to walk you through all potential complications and help you reach a decision.

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