Adoption Process for Same-Sex Couples
Adopting a child to expand your family is an extraordinary experience for any couple. In New York State, adoption agencies cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation. However, there are many steps involved in the adoption process. At Simonetti & Associates, our Nassau family Esq is here to help you pursue and achieve your goal of a family. Continue reading to learn more about the adoption process for same-sex couples in New York.
In the state of New York, same-sex couples have the same adoptive rights as different-sex couples. The different types of adoptions in New York are private placement and agency adoptions. Private placement, or independent adoptions, tends to be quicker due to the individualized nature of the process and is more flexible to the child’s needs and prospective adoptive parents. You may be put on a waiting list with an agency until they can take your case.
With an agency adoption, an adoption agency will match children with prospective adoptive parents and ensure the child’s best interests. Many adoption agencies offer childcare training and counseling to couples as they navigate the adoption process.
The Legal Process
The legal process of adoption can be lengthy and can take six months or more from the time of application before a child is placed in your home. It will then take anywhere from three to twelve months before the adoption is finalized in court. Here are the basic tasks in the process for adoption in New York State:
- Choosing an agency.
- Submitting your application.
- Home Study Process.
- Attending training sponsored by the agency.
- Working alongside a caseworker to find a match.
- Visiting with the child.
- If eligible, working with a caseworker to apply for an adoption subsidy.
- Bringing the child home.
- If necessary, completing at least three months of supervision.
- Finalizing the adoption in court.
Contact Our Nassau Family Esq
The adoption process brings forward many exciting changes. If you and your partner are considering adopting or need assistance with a pending adoption, our team at Simonetti & Associates can help. Our experienced legal staff will ensure that your petition is equitably treated. Contact our Nassau family Esq today to arrange a consultation.