As excited as you may be about the adoption process, don't overlook the fact that this can be a challenging and somewhat tricky process. This isn't mean to scare you away. It's meant to show you that there are many steps you need to take as you move through the court system.
As you can imagine, it's the court's responsibility to ensure that the proper procedure is followed. For this reason, you must make sure that all your details are lined up before you move forward with the adoption process.
Here are some of the most common questions associated with adoption court:
-- Do you need to go through an adoption court to complete the process? In short, the answer is yes. Even if you are working with an adoption agency, you are still required to have the relationship approved by an adoption court.
-- Are you familiar with the requirements associated with an adoption petition? This must entail a variety of information including but not limited to the adoptive parents names, the relationship between the adoptive parents and child, the legal purpose behind the adoption and that the adoption is indeed in the best interest of the child.
-- Does it help to work with an attorney? Unless you are working directly with an adoption agency, it's required that you rely on the services of an adoption attorney.
These questions and answers should clear the air in regards to the adoption process and where the court system comes into play. Once you have the wheels in motion, you'll begin to realize what's required of you.
Source: FindLaw, "Adoption Court FAQs," accessed Jan. 20, 2017