Adoption Questions & Answers by State

Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: I was adopted more than 28 years ago, do I need to reapply for certificate of citizenship or renew my green card

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for California on
Answered on May 22, 2016

What is your current immigration status in the USA?
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Q: My husband and I have been asked by his first cousin to adopt her baby that is due in April. She lives in another state.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Utah on
Answered on May 19, 2016

I realize that this has already happened, but for future viewers, you most likely have to comply with the ICPC laws and obtain ICPC approval from both states' compact administrators. Private direct placement adoptions are very complex and require an attorney who knows what he/she is doing in order to ensure that there are no problems now or in the future.
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Q: A girl is in jail and pregnant and is considering me for adopting her soon to be twins. What do I need to do?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on May 19, 2016

Clearly, you should retain an experienced adoption lawyer asap. If the mother is in jail, some arrangements will need to be made so that the twins do not go into state custody when they are born ( I'm assuming the mom is not getting out any time soon). I'm also assuming she is indeed serious about voluntarily surrendering the twins to you when they are born. ( this means signing paperwork and again, if she is in jail, arrangements will have to be made and this can be done for a parent who is...
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Q: What do I need in order to terminate ex husbands rights to daughter he has not seen in 6 years?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for North Carolina on
Answered on May 5, 2016

You would need to file a petition with the clerk of court in the jurisdiction where the child lives alleging one or more of the grounds listed in NCGS 7B-1111. The petition has to be served on your ex husband. The court will appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate if the termination is in the best interest of the child. then the court will have a hearing on the issue. Here is a really detailed description of the process from the point of view of the guardian ad litem....
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Q: I found out I was never legally adopted by my step-father

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on
Answered on May 2, 2016

I assume that you are now an adult. Are your mother and step-father still alive? If so, what you inherit from them when they die might be effected, and so you should make sure that they have both provided for you in their wills. If you are already registered with Social Security, it doesn't appear that would be a problem.
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Q: When I was 12 I took my adoption father to court/put him in jail for raping me over the years and..

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Adoption for Virginia on
Answered on Apr 13, 2016

There doesn't appear to be any reason why you couldn't call the police or go to the magistrate for the ongoing situations (sexual battery) and/or stop going to that home and keep your child out of that home. You may want to get a consultation with an attorney to make a safety plan. Stay safe.
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Q: I had received a Notice of proposed adoption from my childrens grandparents. I never signed it but I believe the adopti

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 1, 2016

Apparently you have asked multiple questions on this. I just answered another such question. As I indicated, you should contact the clerk of court. Normally adoption case files are sealed, but you as the child's biological parent should be allowed to have copies of the file.
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Q: my child support order says unknown father we were not married but he signed the birth certificate and his parents have

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 1, 2016

You should have been given notice of the adoption. Contact the court clerk in New York to find out about a possible adoption decree. If the children were adopted, normally neither parent would be required to continue making child support payments.
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Q: My parental rights were terminated under the Step Parent Adoption in florida. How do I get child support to close case?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Answered on Mar 23, 2016

You may have to file with the court to get child support recovery moving in the right direction.
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Q: My daughter is now 22 and wants my husband her stepdaughter to adopt her. How do we do this?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 11, 2016

Adoption in GA is very technical. I will give you the website for the Official Code of Georgia Annotated and you can look up the law and see if you want to try and tackle this project yourself, but I highly encourage you to seek legal counsel so that you don't waste valuable time and resources. To that end, I will also give you the link to the Atlanta Bar Referral Service where you can call and ask for an Adoption Attorney (they have attorneys on the panel/referral list who specialize in...
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Q: My daughter's dad is over 8000$ behind in Child support. Can my husban adopt her without her father sign over his right

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Answered on Mar 7, 2016

No. The natural father would have to consent to the adoption which would require him to voluntarily terminate his rights. You could go through child support enforcement and if he fails to pay thereafter for the requisite amount of time his rights could be terminated.
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Q: How to stop adoption application?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 3, 2016

It depends who you are. Are you the biological mother, then don't terminate your parental rights, same with the biological father. If you are the child you may not have any choice.

Q: How can I get my adoption and foster care files

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 3, 2016

You can petition the court but the files may be sealed and there is a chance that you will never get access to those files.

Q: can a child of adoption request to be able to spend time with the biological parent to a judge at 14 like with divorce

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 3, 2016

You can ask but if the biological parents don't want to see you or if the adoptive parents don't want you to see the biological parents then you'll have to wait until you are an adult.
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Q: What should I do about getting a DNA test done for my ex bf and my son . my son was adopted?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 3, 2016

This makes no sense and you contradict yourself several times in your account of the situation. In order for an adoption the biological parents need to terminate their parental rights. I think there are things here you aren't telling so I can't answer your question.
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Q: Do I have options of getting my daughter back if I was forced to give her up for adoption because of false allegations

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 2, 2016

The eldest child is not yours unless you adopted her; she has a biological father. If there has been an adoption of the youngest daughter and you want her back, then you better have some money for an excellent attorney b/c the law is not going to believe a small child, or you, for that matter.
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Q: If the children are adopted by the mothers fiance and all rights are given up does the child support stop?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Feb 27, 2016

Yes, the father has to give consent. If he does and this "finance" is shown to be fit and is actually granted custody (it would be better if you were married), then all child support, inheritance, visitation, etc. stop and it is as if the biological father never existed. Depending on how old this child is, I would suggest you seek some guidance both from a legal stand point and from a counselor before you undertake this endeavor.
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Q: Can I file for abandonment if my ex-husband is deported, for a step parent adoption? Rare contact with kids 5x/yr max

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on Feb 20, 2016

Yes it is possible. The issue is whether you want the child to be formally adopted by the step-father AND still have the biological father listed as a parent (the easier approach, but can create family conflict) or whether you want to formally several parental ties to the biological father and transfer them to the step-father (this requires a greater amount of judicial review and will prevent the biological father from ever having contact with the child). I recommend that you move forward with...
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Q: Can my son be adopted by his step father at the age of 18 without involving biofather?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Missouri on
Answered on Feb 18, 2016

Probably not. Unless the biological father has given up his parental rights. A child only gets to have two parents. If the biological father still has parental rights, then the child can't be adopted. If the rights HAVE been given up, then he doesn't need to be involved at all.
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Q: My husband and I have full custody of our almost 3 year old granddaughter. She has been with us since birth. Our

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Alabama on
Answered on Feb 14, 2016

If both parents consent to the adoption, the Court will approve the adoption If not, you are going to have to terminate the rights of the parent who does not consent
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