Perhaps you cannot physically have a child of your own. Maybe you want to help a child less fortunate than your own to have a better life. Or, maybe you want to adopt your stepchild so that you are legally considered his or her parent. Whatever your reason, the decision to adopt is an admirable one.
There are different types of adoptions. Private placement adoptions often involve someone close to the child as the adoptive parent. In a stepparent or second parent adoption, for example, the spouse of one of the child’s biological parents adopts the child. Foster parents or relatives also often adopt a child after the child’s biological parents have had their parental rights terminated or have died. In contrast to a private placement, you can also adopt through private adoption agencies, which are licensed by the state but privately funded, and public adoption agencies, which are both licensed and run by the state.
An adoptive parent can file for adoption in Family Court or Surrogate’s Court in the county where he or she or the child lives. Unfortunately, adoptions involve a lot of paperwork and take, on average, from six months to one year to complete. We provide services in Family and Surrogate’s Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. Contact our Latham adoption attorneys today, and let us guide you through what can be a long, but very rewarding, process.