Adoption provides many people who would otherwise not have children with the ability to have children. As a result, many people find that adoption is one of the most rewarding decisions they can make. There are several options that you can pursue to adopt a child. If you are debating adoption, it is a good idea to become familiar with the most common types of adoption as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. In many cases, the adoption process is complex and requires the help of an experienced family law attorney. 

Agency Adoptions

Agency adoption involves either a private or public adoption organization. Sometimes, parents decide to adopt a child after functioning as foster parents. Many foster parents discover that this form of adoption is a rewarding way to build an even more substantial relationship with a child. While it is often not the case, there are situations where families have been negatively impacted by corruption and fraud after pursuing the assistance of a private adoption agency. One way to avoid a corrupt adoption agency is to retain the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

International Adoption

As the name implies, international adoption occurs when a family adopts a child who is born outside of the country. In most cases, children who are internationally adopted are orphans and the adopted parents provide the child with a much needed home and attention. The child’s biological mother also cannot change her mind, which is a risk present in other types of adoption. Perhaps the greatest challenge involved in these is that language barriers can exist, which can make it difficult to properly communicate with the child.

Private Adoption

A private adoption does not involve the services of an agency. Instead, in these situations, a child’s biological parent and the adoptive family work out the terms of adoption. To avoid undue complications, families who plan on adopting should retain the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. One downside to private adoption is there is a risk that a birth mother will change her mind and decide to keep the child, which can be devastating to the adopting family.

Relative Adoptions

Relative adoption involves family members and is often a more straightforward method than other types of adoption. Many times, relative adoptions involve step-parents. In some situations, this can, unfortunately, result in resentment between the adoptive and biological parents. There is a chance, however, that biological parents might remain involved in the child’s life which can have various advantageous effects on the child’s development.

Speak with an Experienced Alpharetta Family Law Attorney

Adoption involves countless nuanced emotions and legal issues, but by anticipating the problems in advance you greatly reduce complications. To make sure that you successfully navigate this complex process, it can also help to retain the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, PC today to schedule a case evaluation.