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What Is California’s Adoption Process?

Are you interested in adopting a child? Adoption is the legal process of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. There are five different ways to adopt a child in California, and in this article, we will discuss California’s adoption laws, process, and FAQs.

California Adoptions

California's adoption laws are designed to ensure that adoptions are done in the best interests of the adopted child. The primary law governing adoption in California is the California Family Code, which outlines the requirements for all types of adoptions, including private and agency adoptions.

Private adoptions

Private adoptions involve direct contact between prospective adoptive parents and a birth parent. Private adoptions must be completed through a licensed adoption agency, and the process is subject to all applicable state laws. In California, these laws include requirements for background checks, counseling sessions, and home studies.

Agency adoptions

An agency adoption is when you adopt a child through a special place that helps kids find new homes. They will help you go through all the steps needed to adopt a child and make sure it is best for the child. You might need to do some background checks, counseling, and home studies too.

How long does the adoption process take?

The adoption process in California can take anywhere from six months to a year or longer. The first step is to select an adoption agency. Once the agency is selected, you will begin the home study process. This includes completing paperwork and meeting with an adoption social worker. The social worker will conduct interviews, home visits, and background checks to determine if you are suitable adoptive parents.

Once you have been approved as adoptive parents, your adoption agency will work to find a match with a birth parent or child. Depending on the type of adoption you are pursuing, your adoption professional may contact prospective birth parents, search for adoptable children, or both. When a match is made, the potential birth parent and adoptive family will be able to get to know each other.

Contact Us at Chung & Ignacio, LLP

Adoption is a process that can be complex and time-consuming, but it is ultimately worth the effort for both the child and the parents. The laws in California are designed to ensure that all adoptions are done in the best interests of the child, and with so many children waiting for homes, there has never been a better time to pursue adoption. If you have any questions about adoption or would like more information, please contact us today.