Adoption Questions & Answers by State

Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: My wife's friend wants us to adopt her child she lives in Missouri we live in Minnesota. We have a home study. What next

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Minnesota on
Answered on Jul 19, 2016

Has the baby been born as of today? Hire an attorney to help you, many offer reduced fees for adoptions.
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Q: Twice I have been given misinformation by the uscis and now am out around $2000. Is there any recourse?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for California on
Answered on Jul 11, 2016

You should contact a member of AILA ideally in the area of the US to which you will be returning. Religious groups working on immigration issues may have volunteer attorneys--consilt Jesuit Refugee, Episcopal Refugees, HIAS Refugees.
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Q: How can I change my daughters last name or add a father to her birth certificate?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 5, 2016

To get him named on the birth certificate, he would have to adopt the child. Normally this requires that he and you first be married. In an adoption proceeding, the biological father would have to be notified, although his consent may well be not necessary.
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Q: My dad was killed by a drunk driver a lawsuit was filed and won. I was adopted by another man do I have rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Wrongful Death for Indiana on
Answered on Jul 5, 2016

You should see a lawyer. The money was to be held in trust for you.Whoever administrated the estate should have seen it was put in a bank account for you.
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Q: My husband is willing to adopt my daughter and her paternal also agree, what process do I need to do?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Jun 27, 2016

File a petition for step-parent adoption.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944
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Q: How do I get a copy of a final decree of adoption for my biological daughter to stop child support from accruing?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Answered on May 31, 2016

You, as the biological father, should be able to get it from the clerk of court.
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Q: My biological daughter was adopted. How do I stop child support from accruing?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Adoption for Florida on
Answered on May 31, 2016

Accruing in connection with your divorce (or "dissolution" in Florida) proceeding? I take it that the dissolution decree includes an obligation to pay child support. If anyone attempts to enforce those provisions of the decree, simply respond with a certified copy of the decree of adoption.
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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 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: 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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Q: question in regards to adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 12, 2016

If you are US citizen you might be able to sponsor her for a green card, but she will have to wait until her priority date becomes current which may take more than 10 years. Talk to an immigration attorney regarding this situation. Many immigration attorneys including me offer free consultations, make use of the consultations. All the best.

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