The Adoption Process
Prior to starting the formal adoption process, you are first legally required to inform anyone entitled to information surrounding the proposed adoption. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Legal guardians
- Any person who has filed an acknowledgment of paternity
- Any person who has voiced their intent to declare paternity
- Any person who was married to the birth mother within six months of the child’s birth
Only once notices have been given, required consents have been received, and the adoption application is complete can you begin your domestic adoption process.
In order to certify that you are equipped for temporary custody of the child, the New York court tasked with your case will send a licensed social worker to conduct a home study. He or she will investigate your home and interview any potential adoptive parent(s). If you are found to be capable of caring for and supporting the child, the court will approve you as an adoptive parent(s) for up to 18 months. These pre-certification steps are not required in cases where the child is already living with the potential adoptive parents, i.e. stepparent or international adoptions.
Filing a Petition
Once you have been certified and caring for the child for the designated amount of time, you may file a petition for adoption. New York law requires that either the child’s biological parents consent to the adoption or that court has legally terminated their parental rights.
Convenient Consultation Appointments
To start your domestic adoption journey, call us today to schedule an appointment with our team. We provide experienced and compassionate counsel to families in both New York and New Jersey.
If your schedule will only permit a consultation in the evening, we're happy to schedule that with you. Please note that all evening appointments must be scheduled one week in advance and the consultation will cover the basics of private placement-parent initiated domestic adoption, and explanation of the current state of inter-country adoption and any other related matters and questions answered. Contact us to discuss scheduling and fees.