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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Aug 29, 2016

The adoption process can be complicated and stressful, but in the end, it’s extremely rewarding. The process may seem long and confusing, but understanding the steps will help ease some of that stress and confusion. Whether you’re struggling with infertility or you want to make a difference in the life of a child without parents, adoption is a great option.

What are the first steps in the adoption process?

The first step in adopting a child is to decide whether you want to adopt through a private or public agency. Research these options well and take your time coming to a decision. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages.

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The agency may ask you to attend an orientation where they will provide you with valuable information. There they will go over the process in detail and give you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss their fee schedule, and meet other families considering adoption.

You should consider a couple different agencies and attend a few orientations. This is a special and life changing process, so you will want to go with an agency you feel very comfortable with and believe is the best fit.

What is a home study?

After you decide which agency you want to work with, you will submit an application. The agency will review it and once you are accepted you will need to complete a home study. Homes studies are used to evaluate your home environment and help you prepare for the arrival of your child.

This usually consists of one or more home visits from a social worker, a physical evaluation and a background check. This process usually takes around two months.

How long do adoptive parents usually wait for their child?

The wait for your adopted child can last anywhere from two to five years. If you are adopting a Caucasian child, the process is longer because adoptive parents and birth mother are matched to requirements from both the adoptive parents and birth mothers. International adoptions may take anywhere from a year and longer depending on requirements of the particular country.

When is the adoption finalized?

After the child has been in their new home for at least six months, the social worker will submit a recommendation for approval. A judge will then finalize the adoption, giving the adoptive parents all legal rights and responsibilities.