Adoption can be a complicated process, and you’re not alone if you have questions. As experts in adoption, we’re here to help. Below are our answers to 5 common questions about adoption.

What types of adoption are available? 

When you first start to consider adoption, you may notice that there are different types of adoption. From private and agency adoptions to interstate or international adoptions, there are many avenues an adoption can take. Birth mothers can also decide whether their child will have an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, which determines the level of communication between the birth mother and adoptive family. As you begin considering adoption, consider all the types of adoption available to you.

What does adoption cost?

Much like no two families are alike, no two adoptions are the same. The cost of adoption will vary depending on whether you choose to adopt through an agency, as well as whether it is an interstate or international adoption. Adoption costs also consider medical bills, the birth mother’s living expenses, potential travel costs, and more. As you build your adoption plan, you will discuss budget considerations with an adoption professional who can help you understand potential costs. 

What are the requirements to adopt?

Adoption laws tend to vary from state to state and country to country. Each adoption has its own set of paperwork, legal proceedings, as well as home visit, educational, and counseling requirements. While requirements vary across each adoption, it is important to have a strong support system of friends, family, and experts who can be there for you as you learn all about the adoption process. 

What do I need to learn?

While it is important to lean on experts, it is crucial that all parties understand the ins and outs of their adoption process. Get to know your adoption plan and seek resources that provide information on different family dynamics, levels of communication, and what it means to be an adoptive parent. Adoption is a complicated process with many different elements, but with ample support you’ll know more than you could have ever imagined. 

How does the adoption process work?

While the adoption process varies with each state and type of adoption, you will need to work with adoption professionals who can help you navigate the complexities. Adoptions can take anywhere from months to several years. The adoption process begins when you first begin learning about the available opportunities and continues well after the adoption has been finalized, as you learn more about adoptive parenting and your child. 

There is no simple question and answer when it comes to adoption. This beautiful and life-changing process can be a complicated one. Choosing the right adoption attorney is a critical step in creating a smooth adoption process. At Herrin & Leach, our team is here to support you by walking you through next steps and advocating for you and your child. Please reach out to us if you would like to learn more about your options.