The process of Adoption occurs when a person takes full parental custody of a child that is not naturally theirs. The natural parent(s) give the adoptive parents full rights and responsibilities of the child(ren) and relinquishes all rights of their own. A variety of circumstances may have occurred for a child to be placed for Adoption. A natural parent may wish to give their child a better life than what they feel they can provide. The death of the birth parent(s) may also create the need for Adoption by family members or an adoptive parent.
Whatever the reason for the Adoption, the adoptee becomes the legal child of the adoptive parents. There is no real difference between a child living with their biological parents or adoptive parents. When Adoption occurs, the adoptive parents assume all rights and responsibilities when it comes to the care and well-being of the child(ren).
What are the different practices of adoption?
There are three general categories of adoption: private adoption, public adoption, and international adoption. Private adoption occurs when the natural parent decides to place their child up for adoption; however, they want to choose who the adoptive parents are. Typically, the adoptive parents place an advertisement, and the natural parent will respond. This type of adoption generally includes the adoptive parents taking care of all the costs and may also include medical costs associated with the child's birth. Unlike public adoption that is performed through an agency. In general, older children and those with disabilities are placed with a public adoption agency.
An international adoption takes place outside the country where the adoptive parents live. Many people are choosing this type of adoption more and more. While it is a little more expensive and requires a lot of extra work, adopting an international child is a loving choice. Many of these children do not have enough food to eat, medical attention, or families for one reason or another.
Stepparent Kinship Adoption
Stepparent adoption ensures that the stepparent will have the same rights and responsibilities as the natural parent. In a stepparent adoption, the biological parent retains her rights as the child's birth parent while consenting to the child's adoption by her spouse. In some cases, for you to gain custody of your stepchild, you'll have to prove that the biological mother or father has had no relationship with the child for at least one year or that they haven't been paying child support for at least one year. Therefore, having a knowledgeable lawyer to represent you would be advisable.
Choosing Thomas Law Group, P.C.
Stepparent Adoption Attorney, Sergei Thomas, will work through the courts to help you become the child's legal guardian while terminating the biological parent's rights. You'll need to provide a background check and other paperwork to show that you can provide a healthy environment and mentorship for the child. Thomas Law Group, P.C. in Denver, Colorado, will be by your side as you go through this rewarding process.