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Legal Issues in Adoption

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Adoption laws vary from state to state and are constantly changing. If you are interested in adopting a child, you should make it your business to know about adoption laws in light of the extraordinary media attention that has been given to adoption court cases in recent years. Many of these cases involved birthfathers who took an interest in their children after they had been placed for adoption by their mothers, thereby bringing the issue of birthfathers' legal rights to the forefront;
others involved adoptive parents who did not follow proper legal procedures in completing their adoptions, and improper activities on the part of agencies.

In addition to court cases, it's important to know the general areas of important state and federal adoption legislation regarding (but not limited to):
  • adoption of Native American children;
  • payments made to placing parents;
  • interstate adoptions;
  • relinquishment & time to revoke consent

Be sure to check Adoption Laws and Legal Issues

  1. Getting Started with Adoption
  2. How Many People Choose Adoption?
  3. Is Adoption Right for You?
  4. Adoption Self-Assessment Quiz
  5. Which Children Are Available for Adoption?
  6. Sibling Groups
  7. Who Can Adopt?
  8. Qualification Requirements for Adopting Parents
  9. Your Adoption Options
  10. Agency Adoption
  11. Private (or Independent) Adoption
  12. Options in Independent Adoption
  13. Adoption Facilitators
  14. International Adoption
  15. Foster Adoption
  16. Stepparent Adoption
  17. Transracial Adoption
  18. Special Needs Adoption
  19. Military Adoption
  20. Making an Adoption Plan
  21. Selecting an Adoption Professional
  22. Getting an Adoption Homestudy
  23. Adoption Costs
  24. Why Do Costs Seem So High?
  25. Help Handling the Costs of Adoption
  26. The Adoption Tax Credit
  27. Adoption Subsidies
  28. Employer Adoption Benefits
  29. Networking & Networking Tools
  30. Legal Issues in Adoption
  31. Evaluating Adoption Risks
  32. Open Adoption
  33. Breastfeeding the Adopted Child
  34. Coping With the Wait
  35. Glossary of Terms
  36. Recommended Reading
  37. Conclusion
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