New families of any kind go through changes they could never have imagined. Adoptive parents are no different. When the long adoption process is finally over, you might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of finally being a parent. You've probably heard it before, but it's worth saying again: There is nothing wrong with asking for help.
Families across the United States begin in a variety of ways. This is especially true for LGBT couples. And while advancements in marriage rights have made adoption easier, there are still challenges for many gay and lesbian individuals looking to adopt.
In most cases, adoption helps bring a new family together. Adoptive parents go through a rigorous process to ensure that they are ready to bring their child home. Birth mothers can have peace of mind knowing their baby is going to a loving home. But sometimes, an adoptive parent’s hopes are preyed upon by someone with an ulterior motive.
You’ve waited months, maybe even years for the chance to finally have your baby. You’ve gone through the screening process, the home study and the search for an expecting mother. This should be a joyous time as you wait for the ninth month to arrive.
You've been with your spouse for a few years now, and together with your stepchild you've created a new family unit. You want to make it official and adopt the child, but how? In some ways, stepchild adoption can be much easier than other forms of adoption. But it can also present unique challenges.
Giving a child a permanent home is a wonderful thing, and you probably feel excited to be starting the adoption process. After your initial celebration, there are many steps before you can bring a child into your home. The first one is the home study.
Five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made a monumental decision that effectively turned the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)—a law designed to protect religious minorities—on its head. In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Court ruled 5-4 that a Christian owner of a for-profit corporation may use their own religious beliefs to dictate the company’s actions.
You and your spouse have made the life-changing decision to adopt a child. It’s an emotional time—filled with excitement and love. You may delve into the process filled with anticipation.
A home study is required in almost all adoption cases. It is one of the first steps in the adoption process—a prerequisite to identifying a prospective adoptee. This process gives adoption entities an inside look into your suitability as a parent and the child-safe environment of your home.
Who is best qualified to adopt a child?