Navigating the child adoption laws in New Jersey will start with a decision. First, you must know whether you intend to adopt a child from the United States or from a foreign country. The laws are different, so you will need to make that decision in order to focus on the laws that apply to you and your own situation.
In either a domestic or an international adoption you will be required to provide a great deal of information about yourself, such as your family history, your medical history and your present living arrangements and financial condition.
People are often surprised at the depth and breadth of questions they are required to answer in the process of becoming adoptive parents. It’s good to keep in mind that protecting the health and safety of the children is the main goal, even though it may seem somewhat complex or even invasive at first.
New Jersey families desiring to adopt a child usually get their adoption process started through the Division of Youth and Family Services, specifically the Division of Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS), a division of Youth and Family Services, or alternatively, an adoption agency approved for international placements.
A New Jersey family lawyer who is familiar with both domestic and international adoptions is a good place to start as you consider your options for adopting a child because there is usually more to the process than you’ll discover by talking to other adoptive parents or simply researching the topics online.
International adoptions will generally require the knowledge and skill of an experienced family law attorney, primarily because you will be required to fulfill requirements on a state level, but also requirements imposed by the United States and also the country of adoption. Lawyers are usually involved on behalf of children in foreign countries, which means you’ll need one working on your behalf, too.
Wonderful children are waiting to find their forever families in this country and all over the world. Your own desires for a child of a certain age, gender, race or nationality will help you know how to proceed with your plans for a domestic or an international adoption.
When you want to consider all your options for adopting a child in New Jersey, call us for a no-obligation consultation, (732) 365-3299. Or email us to make an appointment and discuss your situation and your desires.