Hi! I’m Joy and I’m writing about adoption for 31 days. Find out more HERE.
The last two ways to adopt are areas I really don’t know much about.
One is adopting a family member or adopting a child you know. You will definitely want an attorney to walk you through what you need to do. You will also want to check state laws. Sometimes you will still need to get a home study done to be able to adopt this way.
This website may be a good place to start looking for an attorney. However, you’d be surprised what you can find just by asking around. Start asking people you know who have a connection to adoption and see if they can recommend an attorney.
I mention these types of adoption because some people don’t even realize that these are possible. We’ve known a family that worked toward adopting a relative. We’ve also known a family who adopted the child of a friend they knew.
Some reasons these types of adoptions might be considered:
-the birth parent has committed a crime and they do not want the child to go to foster care while they are serving time in jail or prison
-the birth parent has a drug problem and they do not want the child to go to foster care
Well, that’s my limited knowledge on these types of adoption. Just want you to be informed that they are options. 🙂