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Adoption Rights

Everyone involved in a child adoption has some rights, at least until those rights have been changed by a court of law, so it is important that before starting the child adoption process you understand the rights of everyone involved.

Birth Mother Rights

The rights of a birth mother are protected in every U.S. state and territory.  One of the most important legal rights has to do with the ending of parental rights. This site will allow you to find the requirements of any or all states as well as other rights of a birth mother and birth father.

Birth Father Rights

This site deals with the parental rights of the biological father and husband of a married woman.

Adopting Family Rights

Each U.S. state and territory and each adopting country have laws and/or regulations providing for the ending the rights of a birth mother and birth father, and the establishment of the rights of the adopting family and the adoptee.  This site will help you understand the rights of an adopting family.

Grandparents Rights

In many states grandparents have legal rights related to their grandchild even if the child is being placed for adoption. It is important for a birth mother, birth father, and adopting family to be aware of the grandparent's rights and other issues related to being a biological grandparent.

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
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