Adoption can be a joyous and life-changing experience for families. Whether it be an international adoption, domestic adoption, adoption from an extended family, or adoption in a foster care situation, there are legal processes that must be understood and followed.
Adoption establishes you, the adopting parent, as the child’s legal guardian. This means you are granted legal parenting rights and decision-making responsibilities.
If you have ever considered adopting a child, you are not alone. This year, approximately 140,000 children will be adopted in the United States. This amounts to nearly 380 adoptions taking place every day. Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau report that there are 8.5 million adult and child adoptees living in America comprising about 2.5 percent of the population.