Adopting a Child in New York

On January 20, 2012, in Family Law, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Adopting a Child in New York

Recently, we have received some calls regarding Adoption law.  Besides the obvious emotional decisions that need to be made in regards to adopting a child, there are also some legal decisions that need to be made.  It seems that few people realize that adoptions can take place in Family Court as well as Surrogate’s Court.  There are also different procedures to follow depending on the type of adoption that you are engaging in.  Not every adoption involves an adoption agency.  That seems to be a surprise to some people.  Private placement adoptions are not overly simple.  Procedures are in place to protect the welfare of the child, even in these Private adoptions.  Notice requirements are taken very seriously by the Courts in adoption cases.  Steps cannot be skipped.  Attempting to figure out the answers to these questions without the help of an attorney can be dangerous.  Mistakes in preparing to enter the process or during the process can ultimately end up prejudicing your chances of adopting a child in the future.  As always, if you have any questions regarding any type of adoption, call (516) 858-2620 to speak to an attorney.

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