Adopting a child is a fantastic decision, one that will positively affect you and your child for the rest of your lives. If you live in New York and want to begin the adoption process, keep in mind that it is a multi-step endeavor. However, the results make it very worth it. Below we discuss the ways you can adopt a child in New York and the steps that are involved.
There are two routes you can take when deciding to adopt a child. You can choose to utilize an agency for adoption services, who will help match you with a child and assist throughout the entire process. Another way of pursuing adoption is to adopt a child privately through arrangements made between both sets of parents. Either way, there are strict guidelines that must be followed to complete the adoption process.
In the state of New York, you must submit an application before adopting a child. It is very detailed and asks for demographic, financial, and background information to determine if you are suited to adopt a child. Criminal checks are run on each household member, as well as determining if anyone in the home has been convicted of child abuse.
After your application is accepted, you will be required to participate in a home study. It can take up to four months before this occurs, and it involves meetings, interviews, and classes to further ensure you are ready for adoption and can provide a safe and caring environment. A caseworker will create a written report regarding the homestudy and this will be used when determining child placement.
If you are choosing to adopt through an agency or foster home, you will further work with the agency to attend trainings and meet with them to find the right child to adopt. Often times you will have the opportunity to spend time with a child before adoption to make sure it will be a smooth transition. These visitations can last for weeks or months until the adoption process has been completed.
Remember the adoption process can take up to one year, so be patient with each requirement as it comes up. There are also fees to adopt a child, which can jump into the thousands of dollars. After the adoption is complete, there may be additional monitoring for several months to make sure everyone has adjusted to the new change.
If you live in New York and have the desire to adopt a child, contact The Law Office of Elizabeth Douglas today. We will discuss the steps you need to take and can guide you through the entire adoption process.