Adoption: the law, the why, and the how
Many people choose to adopt children in North Carolina. Chapter 48 of the North Carolina General Statutes establishes North Carolina’s laws on adoption and was written to provide a “clear judicial process for adoption, to promote the integrity and finality of adoptions, to encourage prompt, conclusive disposition of adoption proceedings”. In N.C. any adult may adopt another individual. Adults can adopt both children and other adults. There are some expenses that the adopting family can pay for but there are limitations. It is important that you know what the law allows when you begin the process of adopting. There are also laws about confidentiality and what records may be released.
People choose to adopt for all different reasons. Sometimes people adopt children within their extended families. For example, an aunt many adopt a niece or nephew or a stepparent may adopt a stepchild. Foster parents sometimes choose to adopt children they have fostered through social services. Sometimes people who can’t have children adopt from parents placing their baby or child up for adoption through a private adoption agency.
Adopting a child unites a child that needs a loving parent with a parent or parents to provide that love. Adopting a child or adult takes place through the court system. While it is not a requirement that you hire an attorney or have the help of a law firm, it is recommended that you seek legal advice before you consider adoption. The exact procedures depend on how the adoption is taking place. Adopting affects your estate, inheritance for your other children, and is a complicated process. If you have questions about adopting a child or placing a child for adoption contact our office for further guidance. We can help you through the process of adopting a child either through a private agency or through social services. We can also recommend a family counselor who can help you deal with the adoption process. This person can also provide guidance and counseling services to the rest of your family and your other children who may have questions or concerns about your new addition to the family. At the McIlveen Family Law Firm, we love to help unite a child with a new family.