Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful way to expand your family and open your home to a child; yet, laws governing the adoption process often can be confusing, complex and difficult to understand. No matter what the situation or type of adoption you want to pursue, our experienced family law attorneys can help you overcome the frustrating hurdles and guide you through a legally secure adoption process.

Each type of adoption has its own set of procedures. The various forms of adoption in the Commonwealth of Virginia are:

Agency Adoption

Agency adoption is the most common in the United States. Traditionally, agency adoption happens when a family chooses to adopt through an agency that serves as the intermediary between the adopting family and the birth parent(s).

Foster Parent Adoption
Foster parent adoption is similar, in many ways, to agency adoption, except that the child being adopted has oftentimes been in the care of the adoptive parents for an extended period of time. Although the goal of the foster-care system is to reunite the child with his or her birth family, sometimes it is in the best interest of the child to terminate the parental rights of the biological parents and amend the foster care goals. In that case, foster parents will often come forward to adopt the child.

International Adoption
International adoption is when a child is adopted from another country. In many cases, the adoption is done by an agency that is specially licensed to handle international adoption matters, but the process can be arduous because state and federal adoption laws come into play, as well as the rules of the country from which the child is being adopted.

Parental Placement Adoption
Parental placement adoption happens when a child’s birth parent(s) chooses the adoptive family. But, it’s not always that easy. It mostly depends on how cooperative both parties are during the process.