Do you have everything you want and need – except a child? Are you and your spouse looking to adopt a child to fulfill your dreams of parenting?
Open adoptions are on the rise across the United States. They allow the adoptive and birth families some degree of contact, which can include a one-time meeting to sharing photos and news periodically to constant contact.
In addition, since many states are allowing same-sex couples to marry, it stands to reason that same sex couple adoptions are also on the rise. Two reasons for the increase are:
- The need for homes for children waiting for adoption
- The growing acceptance among same-sex couples
Data taken a few years ago showed that 19 percent of same-sex couples who were raising children reported an adopted child as a member of their household.
Adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. There are thousands of children in the United States and around the world who need a family – someone to love them. Some are healthy, but some have special needs, such as physical, emotional or mental disabilities. But, the bottom line is that they all need someone to love them, someone to hug them, someone who cares.
There are two types of adoptions: open and closed. As stated above, with an open adoption, the adoptive parents and the biological parents may have the chance to meet. In a closed adoption, the birth mother and adoptive parents do not meet each other or know each other’s names.
Certain Federal and California laws apply when adopting a child. It is important to have an experienced Orange County family attorney to represent you in the process. Contact the family law offices of Amy M. Montes; she is qualified in all areas of adoption law and can assist you in avoiding any adoption complications.