Growing a family is exciting for anyone in North Carolina and elsewhere. Whether it is a couple's first child or not, adding a baby to the family is a major step, requiring planning and preparation. For some couples, this means not having their own biological child but becoming parents through adoption. While there are adoption avenues in the U.S., some couples find that the international adoption process means less waiting time.
There are many ways a person can become a parent. They could have their own child by birthing them. If a couple finds it difficult to conceive, IVF or adoption are frequently used to allow them to become parents. Finally, if a man or a woman marries a person who is a parent, they could become a stepparent. While being a stepparent could just be a title, it could also come with legal rights and parental obligations.
Last week, this blog shared an article on the stepparent adoption process. There are a number of legal factors that must be satisfied for a person to adopt the child of their spouse, and meeting those requirements can become a lengthy and sometimes difficult process. Individuals who are interested in beginning the stepparent adoption process in the New Year are invited to contact the firm to learn more about it.
When individuals divorce and remarry, they bring together families that may have already taken form. For example, a divorced North Carolina mother of two may choose to marry a divorced father of one, and once they wed the merging of their lives creates a blended family. The father becomes a stepparent to his wife's two kids and the mother becomes a stepparent to her husband's child.
When choosing to grow their families through adoption, some North Carolina residents decide to look beyond the borders of the United States for the children they will raise and love. International adoptions are not uncommon but can be lengthy, difficult processes to complete. One factor that can influence an international adoption is whether the nation from which the adoptive parents wish to choose a child is a member of the Hague Convention.
Adoption can be a very meaningful process for both prospective parents and the children they hope to bring into their families. Often when an individual or couple decides that they want to adopt, they dedicate their heart and soul to making the process successful and transitioning their child into an environment of love and support. All across North Carolina, parents have successfully completed domestic and international adoptions to expand their families and fill their homes with love.
Not long ago this Greenville family law blog offered an article on the many different types of adoptions that North Carolina residents may endeavor to complete in order to expand their families. Stepparents may seek to adopt their spouses' children through stepparent adoptions. Individuals may wish to adopt children from within the country through open or closed processes. Others may wish to bring children from other countries into their lives through international adoptions.
A legal adoption allows a person to join the family of another person and to benefit from that affiliation. In North Carolina it is often children who are adopted into the families of others, but interestingly enough adults may also be adopted under the state's laws. This informative post will introduce some of the state's adoption rules, but it is in no way comprehensive. Readers who want to learn more about adoption are asked to bring their questions up to a family law attorney.
The decision to place one's child up for adoption is an incredibly difficult one. A North Carolina woman may feel uncertainty and fear as she weighs her ability to take care of her unborn child against the opportunities the child may have if adopted into a supportive and loving home. The woman may wonder if she will be able to live her life not knowing where her baby ended up or how they are doing. A birth mother's ability to stay in contact with a child she placed up for adoption will depend upon whether the adoption was open or closed.
An American couple that had previously completed two successful international adoptions is now facing trouble as it seeks to complete two additional international adoptions for children from the nation of Uganda. The struggle this family is currently experiencing may serve as a good reminder to North Carolina families that wish to grow through international adoption that the requirements of this process can vary greatly and the success of which may depend upon the laws that apply to the nation where the adoptions are to occur.