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03. Adoption

"If you have the heart for adoption, don't let fear stand in the way."

-Doug Chapman


Adoption is the process of establishing the legal relationship of parent and child between two individuals. 



How much does adoption cost?

No two adoptions are alike, and the costs vary considerably depending upon the type of adoption you pursue.  Types of adoptions include agency adoption, private adoption, foster care adoption, relative adoption, and step-parent adoption. 

Is an adoption study required prior to adoption?

Yes, an adoption study is required in most cases.  There are situations when an adoption study may be waived such as when the child is being adopted by a step-parent.

Do I need to be married to adopt?

No, you do not need to be married.  Many single people are successful adoptive parents.

Can an adult be adopted?



Can a same-sex couple adopt?


Termination of Parental Rights

A termination of parental rights is a court process where the relationship of parent and child is severed permanently. 


Can I voluntarily terminate my parental rights?

Generally, a Court will only voluntarily terminate parental rights if there is another individual to step into your financial shoes to provide support to the minor child.  In other words, parental rights are generally terminated in conjunction with an adoption. An exception to this rule is when there is Social Services involvement and there has been a removal of the minor child from a parent’s home.

Can my parental rights be terminated without my consent?

Yes, there are many situations where your parental rights can be terminated including abandonment, abuse, or neglect.  In any event, the Judge would need to determine that it is in the child’s best interests for parental rights to be terminated.

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