Adopting a child requires a significant amount of careful deliberation and patience. There are many things to consider, including who to adopt. Adoptive parents usually adopt children unrelated to them. Nonetheless, applicants can also adopt someone who is already related to them. With this situation, some may wonder, “Does kinship play a role in the duration of an adoption application process?”
Adopting a relative is not necessarily faster
Just because you are related to a child, whether by blood or marriage, does not mean the adoption process will be easier and quicker. In fact, the same adoption process will apply to you. This means you will still go through criminal background checks, home studies and the filing of a formal petition in court. In New York, it takes approximately nine to 18 months before the court finalizes an adoption.
Is there a way to expedite the adoption process?
There is no shortcut when it comes to adopting a child. The courts take their time from placement to finalization to ensure that the prospective adoptive parents are fit to care for the child. Moreover, courts will always consider the child’s best interest when reviewing adoption applications. Hence, whether you are adopting an unrelated child or a relative, whether through an agency or privately, it takes the same time to process the application.
Good things come to those who wait
Adopting a child can be challenging and, at times, stressful. However, it will be rewarding if you receive the final approval from the court. Instead of focusing on the duration of the process, it may be wise to put your effort into acing your application. Focus on gathering the necessary requirements, diligently preparing for the home study and preparing yourself for the adoption journey.