Approximately 5,500 children are adopted in California every year and 2,000 more are waiting for someone to make them a part of their family. Californians also adopt children from other countries. Stepparents adopt their spouse’s children. And adults adopt other adults who are disabled or those whom the adoptive parents want to establish a claim to their estate.
Whatever the reason, adoption signifies a person’s wish to welcome someone else into their family. It is a very special gift to both the adopter and the adoptee.
The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer has helped create families throughout Santa Clara and Alameda counties, California, and surrounding communities by guiding them through the adoption process. With more than 30 years of combined family law experience, our attorneys deliver comprehensive and effective representation.
TYPES OF ADOPTION
The process of adoption can take a variety of different forms. While these forms can often vary from state to state, there are five generally accepted forms of adoption in California. The five different types of adoption include the following:
Agency adoptions involve the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), county adoption agency, or a licensed adoption agency in the adoption process. The CDSS or agency handles the termination of parental rights so children can be adopted.
Independent adoptions are handled primarily with a family law attorney. The birth parents choose the adoptive parents. If the birth parents and adoptive parents agree to open adoption, the birth parents may have ongoing contact and access to identifying information.
As you may already know, international adoption involves the adoption of a child from a foreign country. The adoption must be finalized by the foreign country you are adopting from or by the State of California.
Adoption by A Stepparent
When a stepparent wishes to adopt, this process requires that the other biological parent terminate any parental rights so that the stepparent can become the child’s legal parent. The stepparent must be married to or be the registered domestic partner of the child’s biological parent.
Adoption of An Adult
This form of adoption formalizes an existing relationship, offers a path for inheritance, or provides full legal responsibility for an incapacitated adult.