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Understanding agency adoption and private placement adoption

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2021 | Uncategorized

In New York State, adoption can be a positive for everyone involved. Prospective parents will get the opportunity to nurture and raise a child who needs a loving home; the child will have a new family and improved future. It is important to remember that the adoption process can be complex and understanding various factors involved with it can sometimes be confusing. For example, knowing the two kinds of adoptions available in the state is a fundamental aspect of a case. With these circumstances, people who are considering adoption may need professional, effective guidance to navigate the legal process.

Agency adoption and private placement adoption

It is wise to understand the difference between agency adoption and private placement adoption. With an agency adoption, children are being cared for through the state. If the child resides with foster parents and they want to adopt the child, then the state must terminate the biological parental rights for it to happen. The biological parents can also do this voluntarily.

When a private agency handles the adoption, the biological parents will already have surrendered their parental rights. To ensure that the environment will be safe for a child, there will be a background check and the home will be assessed. Once the parents have been certified, they can move forward with the adoption. Private adoptions are agreements between the biological parent or parents and the adoptive parents. This can include a stepparent who is seeking to adopt a stepchild. In New York, if people want to adopt a child from a different country, this is also a private adoption.

Consent and notice is key in either type of adoption. If it is an agency adoption, it must be consented to by the foster care agency or the private adoption agency. For children 14 and older, he or she must also consent. With private placement adoption, those involved must consent to it prior to the adoption being completed. This may either be done before a judge, but it can also be through extra-judicial consent. For those who do not get consent before a judge, it will be in written form. There are 45 days in which a parent can withdraw consent. The circumstances will dictate who must give consent. For example, married birth parents must both agree. If the couple is not married, the mother must give consent. The father can be involved if there was regular contact with the child, but it is otherwise unnecessary.

Navigating the complexities of adoption may require experienced assistance

For parents who are considering adoption, it may seem like an arduous process with many steps to take. Even with that, it is rewarding to give a child a loving home whether it is done through agency adoption or private placement adoption. When adopting, it may be wise to have compassionate and experienced guidance. This can explain everything that needs to be done seamlessly, giving a good chance for a positive and happy outcome.