Which Kind of Adoption Should You Pursue?
Adoption is the legal process of permanently placing a child in the care of a family that has accepted the child as their own. If you are over the age of 21, you are eligible to become an adoptive parent. There are three types of adoptions in Oklahoma, and each serves a unique purpose. The types of adoption include:
- Related adoption
- Unrelated adoption
- Adult adoption
A related adoption involves at least one of the adoptive parents being related by blood or marriage to the child. A common example of a related adoption is the adoption of a step-child. An unrelated adoption occurs when the child is adopted by parents who are not related to the child. Adult adoption is the process of an adult being adopted by another adult. Depending on the type of adoption you pursue, the procedures you must follow will vary. Set up a consultation with Wilson Law Firm LLC today to get the tailored guidance you need to navigate your specific type of adoption.
Fast Facts About Adoption in Oklahoma
- Every attempt must be made to get the biological parents’ consent to the adoption. Exceptions are made for situations in which parental rights have been terminated.
- Parents intending to adopt must have a home study done before the adoption can be approved.
- If you are a step-parent looking to adopt your step-child, you must have been married to the child’s biological parent for at least 1 year.
While these are some of the overarching rules that govern most adoptions, each situation is distinct and has unique circumstances that must be accounted for. That is why it is imperative to seek the help of a legal professional who can provide advice that fits your specific adoption needs.
What Are Your Responsibilities as an Adoptive Parent?
Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. By taking the child into your family, you agree to provide for them; emotionally, physically, and mentally. The rights of the child’s birth parents are terminated, and you become the legal parent to the child. Because of the gravity of the situation and the possible ramifications, adoption requires careful consideration and planning.
Work with a Family Law Attorney Today
If you are thinking about adopting a child in Oklahoma, contact us today to learn more about the process and the responsibilities you will take on. Providing a loving home for a child who needs it is a beautiful thing. Allow us to be your partners along the way and provide the guidance necessary to help you seek your desired outcome. We serve the needs of individuals and families throughout the state of Oklahoma. Set up a free consultation today if you are located in Chandler, Norman, Okemah, or Ada.