Adoption: The Process
Adoption is a new process that is both sweeping the nation and changing it. This process however is not an easy one and there are many steps to go through. It is accelerating our transformation into a more multicultural society; even as it helps redefine out understanding of “family.” The process includes three main steps including a type of adoption, the techniques for locating a baby for adoption, arranging a successful adoption, the steps at the hospital, and lastly the legal issues in adoption.
There are many types of adoption. Out of anywhere in the country, California has the most. Independent adoption is an alternative to agency adoption and is the most popular. The reason that it is the most popular is because of four factors. The first is because the independent agency is flexible, secondly it allows the birth mother to personally meet and select adoptive parents, thirdly it allows the adoptive parents to quickly locate the birth mother rather than waiting several years for the agency to do it for them, and lastly the child can be placed in the home of the adoptive parents immediately after birth instead of waiting in a foster home. By law the birth mother must personally place the child with the adoptive parents. That does not mean she has to do it physically it just means she must personally select them. The birth mother is permitted to release her child into the adoptive parent’s custody as soon as the hospital discharges the baby, usually 2-3 days old. Generally when the child is six-eight months old the adoptive parents can go to court to permanently finalize the process. A new birth certificate is prepared after the adoption is granted by the court.
The techniques of finding a baby for adoption through an independent agency. First thing that needs to be done is to select an adoption attorney. Things to consider when choosing an attorney is remember like all professionals there are good...