One of the first steps you will take when you are looking into adoption is to discover the different types of adoption that are available to you. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced family law attorney to learn more about the different types of adoption that are available to New Jersey residents. If you have any further questions about what to expect when looking into adoption, give our firm a call. We would be happy to walk you through the process ahead.

What are the Different Types of Adoption in New Jersey?

There are various types of adoption in New Jersey. The following are the different types of adoption that are available in New Jersey:

  • International Adoption: Adopting a child from another country
  • Domestic Adoption: A United States resident adopting a child who was born in and lives in the United States
  • Open Domestic Adoptions: The adoptive child’s birth parents consent to the adoption and have ongoing contact with the child
  • Stepparent Adoption: Adoption with the consent of the non-custodial parent or the termination of their biological parental rights. Termination is typically seen only under the grounds of abuse or neglect
  • Private Adoption: Adopting a child through their biological parent or adopting a child the individual already knows. This option avoids the involvement of an adoption agency
  • Second-Parent Adoption: A same-sex parent adopts their biological or adoptive child. This is done without terminating the first parent’s legal status as a parent
  • Adult adoption: Two or more adults transfer inheritance rights and/or affiliation
  • LGBT Adoption: LGBT couples have the right to adopt a child in New Jersey

Adoption is one of the most selfless acts a parent can do. It is important to understand that no matter the type of adoption you chose to proceed with, every adoption is an extensive process that requires the assistance of an experienced family law attorney who will walk you through the process. Adoption can be a document-heavy process that may be invasive and tiresome. Individuals who are going through these steps will be required to participate in training courses, background checks, reference checks, home visits, and more. Each type of adoption will come with its own set of obstacles. An experienced attorney will walk you through the process ahead and ensure that each step is taken with the proper legal counsel. If you require our firm’s assistance, give us a call to learn how we can assist you.


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