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Adopting Family Rights

The links and information below can help you understand the rights of each party that is involved in the child adoption process.

Adopting Family Parental Rights

Once a child has been placed with you, you have lots of responsibilities and few rights as they relate to the adoption. You have the great responsibility and joy to love and care for the child and make sure all of the child's needs are addressed.  However, unless and until the biological or legal parental rights have been ended, the child is still theirs, and you have no parental "rights".  Even after the ending of the biological parental rights, until the adoption has been finalized you are not the parent of the child and can make custodial decisions but not parental decisions.

Of course you do have the "right" to select an adoption agency or adoption attorney of your choice, you have the "right" to not be lied to or mislead, and you have the right to return the child prior to the adoption.  But you have few rights as relates to the child.

It is difficult to relate exactly what your "rights" are or will be because several variables come into play in order to determine your rights and responsibilities as the adopting family. For example, your rights can be affected by the type of adoption since whether you are engaging in an international child adoption or a domestic child adoption and whether the adoption is a foster care adoption, an intrastate or interstate child adoption, or an adoption done with an adoption facilitator all impact on "rights' and responsibilities.

To learn more about rights please visit the links Birth Mother Rights and Birth Father Rights.

Selecting an Attorney

Remember that when it comes to laws and legal rights, there is no substitute of an experienced attorney and we have provided the following link for adoption attorneys.

Child Adoption Laws

The State Adoption Laws link on the website and another website, Adoption Laws, will allow you to check out your rights under the laws of your state of residence and under the laws of the state in which the rights of the birth mother and birth father are ended.

Help for Adopting Families by State

 Alabama  Montana
 Alaska  Nebraska
 Arizona  Nevada
 Arkansas  New Hampshire
 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
 More Adoption Help
 Pregnancy  Placing a child for adoption
 Parenting  Adopting a child

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