Adoption is the process by which a person takes on the role of parent for a child that is not biologically their own. Once the adoption process is complete, the adopted child will have all the rights accorded to a biological child with regard to inheritances and child support.
While there are multiple types of adoption, most fall into three categories:
Much of the adoption documentation is the same, regardless of the type of adoption, and includes:
An Adoption Request–describes you and the child you are adopting to the judge.
An Adoption Agreement–informs the judge that you and the child (if they are over the age of 12) agree to the adoption.
An Adoption Order–will be signed by the presiding judge in order to approve the adoption.
An Indian Child Inquiry Form–indicates whether or not the child has Indian ancestry.
A Parental Notification of Indian Status–shows the judge that that an inquiry has been made with the child’s parents about Indian ancestry.
Filing Your Adoption Papers
The forms will have to be completed and taken to the court. It should be noted that the adoption agreement should not be signed until the judge instructs you to sign it. If you choose to handle the adoption process with the help of a legal document assistant, you will take the papers to them.
The adoption process can be costly and time-consuming with much of the money spent on legal fees. Licensed and bonded legal document assistants can provide adoption services and save you money while ensuring that your adoption papers are prepared professionally.