What Is A Home Study In An Adoption?

Home Studies in Adoption Have you decided that you would like to adopt a child? This is wonderful news, as adoption can be a joyous experience for couples and the child. Whether you are adopting a child in the United States or pursuing an international adoption, a home study will be a critical step in the process. Home studies are required in almost every adoption. The studies are given a lot of weight in the courts, as judges consider whether an adoption is in the best interest of the child. A home study will go in depth to determine what


International Adoption

Local Process and Requirements Intercountry adoption is a form of adoption in which the adoptive parents are citizens of one country (the United States for our purposes), and the adopted child is the citizen of another country. The U.S. Department of State recommends adopting from countries that are parties to the Hague Convention, as the Convention offers further protections for adoptive families.1 The recommended process requires that the adopted child be formally adopted in its home country before entering the United States.2 Once the foreign adoption is complete, the adoptive parents must meet further requirements set by the United States


A 9-Year-Old Girl Removed from Adoptive Parents & Given to Dad She Never Knew

A 9-year-old girl was removed from her adoptive parents’ home after her biological father was released from prison and demanded her back. Since 2006, Sonja had been living with Kim and David Hodgin and was formally adopted by them in 2008. Her father, John McCaul, was serving a 15-year prison sentence on a gun charge that was later reduced to 7-1/2 years, allowing McCaul to assert his parental rights and fight to reverse the adoption. In November 2009, the court reversed the adoption. The girl continued to live with the Hodgins as both parties fought for custody. Nearly five years


Post-Adoption Contact and Other Complex Adoption Issues

Drafting and Enforceability of Post-Adoption Contact Agreements Post-adoption contact agreements are agreements between the adoptive parents and the birth parents that allow birth parents to enjoy a continued relationship with the adopted child after the adoption is finalized. Research has shown that post-adoption contact can be especially beneficial for children adopted from foster care, as they are generally older and have established relationships with birth families. An opportunity to connect with the birth family of the foster child can help the child deal with “attachment issues,” feelings of guilt and sadness that can prevent a foster child from bonding to


Establishing parental rights through stepparent adoption

The definition of an American family has grown to embrace a variety of domestic situations. In some cases, a step-parent is the best choice to fill a void that exists in the family. Although you can develop a close relationship with your step-children through the marriage process, many step-parents choose to legalize the role by becoming an adoptive parent. It’s not uncommon. In fact, step-parent adoption is the frontrunner as one of the most common ways to adopt children in America, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The same holds true for residents of Saint Louis


How does closed and open adoption differ?

Find out the difference between open and closed adoptions. Learn how they may affect both parties and how Kansas law affects getting information after an adoption. Both the adoptive family and birth parents have options when it comes to handling an adoption in Kansas. One of those is whether it will be open or closed. In general, these terms refer to the exchange of information, but it may also refer to the amount of involvement. Before you adopt or give a baby up for adoption, you should understand them. Open adoptions According to American Adoptions, the most common type of


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