Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

The important role of the adoption process

Adoption is a legal process that not only brings families together but can also help structure families based on their unique situation and circumstances. There are different types of adoption based on different circumstances and it is helpful to understand the overall adoption process and the benefits it provides. While the adoption process can be celebratory, it can also be complicated so it helps to understand it.

Adoption options are varied, as are families and the structure that families come in. Agency adoption is one type of adoption and is considered a traditional form of adoption. Private adoptions are also another option that may be available when the adoptive parents have located a biological mother that wishes to have her child adopted. Single-parent adoptions are another type of adoption it can be important to be familiar with when seeking an adoption as a single individual.

The family law process also provides additional types of adoption that may not only help a family grow but may also help the family structure itself to reflect the nature of the family and its members. Step parent adoption is one type of adoption that can be helpful to families but may also be challenging related to a biological parents whose parental rights may need to be relinquished. Adult adoption is another option that can be helpful for families. As is always the case, it is important to understand the legal requirements for a valid adoption.

The adoption process can be stressful and exciting so it is helpful to be prepared for what to expect. Understanding the different family law resources, and how they can meet the different needs of families, is useful when contemplating adoption and the adoption process.

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