𝐀𝐃𝐎𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝐿𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑙 𝐹𝐴𝑄𝑆
Adoption is a rewarding process, though not everyone is familiar with how the legal process works. The following are some frequently asked questions we hear about adoption in New Jersey. For concerns regarding your specific situation, please contact our Morristown adoption attorneys directly.
𝑊ℎ𝑜 𝐶𝑎𝑛 𝐴𝑑𝑜𝑝𝑡?
Anyone who is age 18 or older can adopt, if they meet specific requirements and are 10 years older than the adoptive child. This includes stepparents, grandparents, and strangers who are matched with a birth mother.
𝑊𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑑𝑜𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑂𝑝𝑒𝑛 𝑜𝑟 𝐶𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑑?
You can choose which type of adoption you want and seek a birth parent who wants the same type. The amount of contact after the adoption with be set in the legal agreement that is enforced by New Jersey courts.
𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑅𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑀𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝐴𝑑𝑜𝑝𝑡?
For you to be approved as an adoptive parent, you likely will have to be subject to the following:
● A home study by the State of New Jersey or an approved agency
● Interviews with everyone living in your home
● Medical evaluations
● Verification of your employment and income
● Criminal background check
● Review of your references
𝐻𝑜𝑤 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑑𝑜𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝐹𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑒𝑑?
Adoption is a legal process that you must initiate with a petition for adoption to the proper court. There will generally be a hearing at which the court terminates the parental rights of the biological parent. Then, a few months later, you will need to return to court for the adoption to be finalized.
𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝐴𝑑𝑜𝑝𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝐿𝑎𝑤𝑦𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑇𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦
Adoption can be a confusing process, the law firm of Eveland & Foster, LLC, helps clients grow their families through adoption in New Jersey. Call 973-285-3173 or contact us online to learn more.