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What is involved in an adoption petition?

Adopting a child is a wonderful choice for some families. The process of adopting a child is sometimes a bit confusing. Getting answers to some basic questions might help couples who want to adopt to know what the adoption process entails.

What information must be included in a petition for adoption?

When you want to petition the court to adopt a child, you have to fill out forms. The information on the forms depends on the type of adoption that you are seeking. If you are doing a private adoption, the petition will include your information, the birth parents' information and the legal grounds for the adoption. Some of the same information is included in a petition to adopt a child through an adoption agency.

Do I have to go to court to adopt a child?

Yes, you have to go to court to legally adopt a child. Private adoptions and adoptions handled through an adoption agency must be handled in court. The court has to approve the adoption before it becomes a legal adoption. When you go to court, the court will consider what is best for the child. If the court finds that the adoption is in the child's best interest, a final decree of adoption is issued. Once that document is issued, the adoption is legal.

When you are going through an adoption, it is vital that you ensure you have everything covered so the adoption can go through as quickly as possible. When everything is in order, you might be able to rest a little easier knowing that you have done everything necessary.

Source: FindLaw, "Adoption Court FAQs," accessed July 02, 2015

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