For adopted children, the desire to know about their past is a common, if not inherent trait. Yet, laws prevented many from finding out about their origins and medical histories. Confidentiality prevented them from getting the answers they wanted and needed.
Many young women dream of having children one day. Though, most often, they believe that will (or should) happen when they’re ready. However, life doesn’t always go according to plan. You could get pregnant before you have the financial, emotional or physical capacity to raise a child.
Adoption is a beautiful decision—bringing love and joy to parents and children alike. Nonetheless, adoption comes with some unique challenges. One of these challenges is figuring out how and when to have the adoption conversation with your child.
Towards the end of 2018, the U.S. State Department changed its “soft referral” policies related to international adoptions. Prospective parents no longer could have access to information or pictures of specific children. Home studies and children becoming officially available for adoption became the priority.
A common playground pejorative, not to mention a popular sibling slur is, “You’re adopted.”
Even though LGBTQ couples can legally marry nationwide, there are still complications when it comes to building a family. One phrase that often comes up is “second-parent adoption,” which generally refers to a spouse or partner adopting their partner’s biological child. However, many wonder whether it is necessary for their situation. Today, we cover second-parent adoption as it applies to LGBTQ couples.
When many people think of adoption, they imagine adoptive parents taking home a newborn baby. Many looking to adopt seek out this type of arrangement so that they can bond with their child as early as possible. However, there are important considerations in infant adoption that shouldn’t be overlooked.
A stepparent often takes on a pivotal role in a child’s life. Whether the child has a relationship with both birth parents or one is out of the picture, their stepparent can offer love and support that goes above and beyond. At a certain point, a stepparent might be ready to adopt their partner’s child.
When going through the adoption process, birth parents can generally decide how much or how little information they wish to provide. If a birth mother chooses a closed adoption, her identity can be kept confidential. Although attitudes surrounding adoption have certainly changed over the last few decades, there are still any number of reasons someone might wish to keep their identity private.
A woman considering adoption for her child might wonder, “Can their father stop the adoption?” While the answer is not exactly black and white, Florida law provides a few guidelines that can help.