Adoption is the transfer of parental rights from one person or couple to another person or couple. It is a permanent and legal process, which means adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as biological parents
- There are four main types of adoption: 1. Adopting a child from the US 2. Adopting an infant in the US 3. Adopting a child from another country 4. Adopting a stepchild or stepchildren.
- A family does not have to be wealthy to adopt a child. There are financial resources available.
- In 2012, US families adopted more than 7,000 children.
- Anyone can adopt a child. The targeted age range is someone 25-50 years old and who has a stable living situation. Single people, married couples, or couples in committed relationships can adopt children.
- Adopted children don’t always have any emotional or social issues related to adoption. However, all adopted children can benefit from knowing they are not alone and having an opportunity to explore their story. Small groups are a great way to do this.
Adoption Group Format and resources: adoption-group-format-and-resources
- Adoption.com: http://adoption.com/
- AdoptUSKids: http://www.adoptuskids.org/
- Adoption.NET: http://www.adoption.net/
- Child Welfare Information Gateway: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/?hasBeenRedirected=1
National Adoption Center (promotes adoption from foster care): http://www.adopt.org/
- What I have learned: Anyone can adopt a child. The targeted age range is someone 25-50 years old and who has a stable living situation. Single people, married couples, or couples in committed relationships can adopt children.
- What I have learned: There is really no way to tell if a child has been adopted, unless you have guardian paperwork or the family has told you. Tread carefully around this issue as some adoptive parents choose not to inform their child that he/she has been adopted.
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