Are you considering adopting a child? Adoption is a great way to help orphaned children, especially for adults who would like to be parents yet can not have their own child. The ideal adoptive parent is someone who is patient, giving, and financially stable. The adoptive parent must also be able to provide a safe and secure environment for the child.
An adoption attorney is not a necessary measure however, they can help you:
- Obtain/fill out the proper paperwork
- Provide information on passing adoption qualifications such as home studies
- Appear in court on your behalf
If you live on Long Island, Simonetti & Associates can assist you. The lawyers at Simonetti & Associates will ease the adoption process for you and will guide you with multiple types of adoptions. For example, the adoption of a stepchild or a private adoption.
According to the State of New York’s adoption laws, people living on Long Island need to follow specific steps in order to adopt. After choosing an adoption agency and submitting an adoption application, potential parents need to complete the home study process and take a training course with their chosen agency. During the home study, the adoption agency may run criminal background checks, check birth certificates, and confirm marriage licenses.
These steps help the potential parent/parents decide, as well as tell the proper authorities if they are truly ready for adoption. Once approved, you can then discuss with your caseworker to find the right child for you and your family depending on what you can provide to fulfill the needs of the child.
The adoption process is lengthy, but worth it, and can last anywhere from three to twelve months before the courts can finalize it. An adoption attorney will expedite this process. If you are looking for more information on adoption in New York contact the Long Island office of Simonetti & Associates for a free consultation.