Making the decision to adopt a child and bring them into your home is one of the biggest decision an individual or family will ever make. Whether you are interested in adopting a child through a local or international agency, or officially adopting a stepchild, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The adoption process is a somewhat lengthy one that requires detailed documentation and the adherence of all parties to adoption procedures put in place by the state of Oklahoma. To avoid any delays or complications, it is imperative you work with an Oklahoma City adoption law firm. While you may think, you have everything required for an adoption in order, the process in Oklahoma is both complicated and stressful for all parties. If you are an individual or couple hoping to bring a child into your family, you want to make sure you are taking all the right steps to ensure a smooth transition.
Understanding the Types of Adoptions
Adoptions can be held up for numerous reasons, including something as small as a minor error in paperwork. This is where a good Oklahoma adoption lawyer comes in handy. Not only have we helped countless individuals and families adopt a child, but we understand the state’s laws through and through. There are several different types of adoptions, all of which have different requirements and processes. If you are interested in pursuing a domestic adoption, the process will include:
- You must meet all initial eligibility requirements
- You must receive the consent of the birth mother
- The birth father must agree to terminate his parental rights
- At this point you can file a Petition to Adopt with the state of Oklahoma
If you are hoping to adopt a child with special needs, there may be some additional requirements and stipulations. In most cases, special needs adoptions require the adopting parents to serve as foster parents for a court-specified amount of time before the adoption is granted. If you have questions about adopting a special needs child in Oklahoma, please do not hesitate to contact Worden Law Firm today.
Another type of adoption that our Oklahoma City adoption attorneys can assist with is Fost-Adopt cases. In these instances, foster parents may decide to permanently adopt the child or children that are living with them as fosters. There is a specific application process for Fost-Adopt cases and other requirements that must be met for these types of cases to proceed.
If you are interested in pursuing an interstate or international adoption, please contact Worden Law Firm. These types of adoptions are more complicated due to varying state and country laws that pertain to adoption. We have in-depth experience with both types of adoption and are happy to walk you through the process today.
Contact Worden Law Firm Today
When you decide to adopt a child, you are forever changing your life, that child’s life, and the life of your loved ones. The attorneys at Worden Law Firm understand what a monumental and life-changing decision this is and are prepared to help you through every step of the process. Once you have made the decision to adopt, the very first thing you should do is hire an attorney. As mentioned, the paperwork, eligibility requirements, and documents required to adopt can be overwhelming, to say the least. We are here to answer any questions you may have about adopting a child in Oklahoma – please feel free to call us today.