Adoption Rights and Laws

Adopting Family Rights

The best way to avoid problems and complications during the adoption process is to understand your rights and the rights of other parties involved in the adoption and to have a licensed adoption agency or adoption attorney make sure that all the details and all the paperwork are done correctly to protect your rights.

In general, once a child has been placed with you, you have the right and responsibility to care for the child and make sure the child has his/her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs met. However, unless and until the parental rights of the birth mother and birth father have been ended, the child is still theirs. If the child has been in foster care your rights are limited by those given to you by the foster care authority. If the child has been placed directly from the birth parent to you, your rights are limited by what the birth mother and birth father want.

The Rights of an Adopting Family

In general you have the right to select and work with an adoption agency or adoption attorney of your choice. But you have few other rights as relates to the child. It is difficult to relate exactly what your rights are because several variables come into play in order to determine your rights as the prospective adoptive family. For example, your rights can be affected by the type of adoption since whether you are engaging in an international child adoption or a domestic child adoption and whether the adoption is a foster care adoption, an intrastate child adoption or an interstate child adoption, or an adoption done with an adoption facilitator.

Until the parental rights have been ended you have all the responsibility for the child's welfare but none of the rights of a parent.


Additional Help and Resources

To learn more about rights please visit the link Birth Parents Rights. The State Adoption Laws link on this website and another website,, will allow you to check out your rights under the laws of your state of residence and under the laws of the state in which the rights of the birth mother and birth father are ended.

For help finding an adoption agency please visit the links Adoption Agencies: Domestic and Adoption Agencies: International.

Adoption Services has extensive experience with both the voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights. We are able to help you with an international adoption or a domestic adoption regardless of the state in which you reside. Please visit our home page to read about our commitment to assist adoptive parents like you as well as pregnant women and birth parents.

LawAndParents offers information source for parents wishing to learn about their legal responsibilities and their rights in relation to their children.

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Why You Need an Adoption Consultant

There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), losing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.

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