Written by Jonathan Breeden
Deciding to adopt a child can be an incredibly rewarding and momentous occasion on your life. While you may be planning for the day your child comes home, you need to learn how to start the actual process. The information below provides an introductory look at adoption, but if you’re in need of more information, it may be time to contact an experienced adoption lawyer.
Attorney Jonathan Breeden has been helping families in many parts of North Carolina make their dreams of adoption a reality. If you are looking for a lawyer to handle your adoption case with skill and compassion, call Breeden Law Office at (919) 661-4970.
Anyone over the age of 18 may apply to adopt a child. North Carolina does not require you to be married or have previous parenting experience. As long as you can pass a criminal background check, you are permitted to apply.
Before you do submit an application, there are some factors you will need to consider, including:
In recent years, people have warmed up to open adoptions. In an open adoption, you are able to communicate directly with the birth parents. You will get to decide together how much interaction you have with each other, and your child can speak to their birth parents as well. Having this line of communication can often provide comfort to the adopted child, as they can learn directly from their birth parents why they were placed up for adoption.
A private agency often works with pregnant women to place their babies with an adoptive family once they are born. Adoptive parents who want an infant or baby tend to work with a private agency. Because their process is so specialized, these agencies may have a longer waiting period and will likely cost more.
Simply getting started with adoption is a difficult process. You will likely have many questions to ask yourself before you even meet a child. While these decisions are difficult, you do not have to make them on your own. Discussing your options with North Carolina adoption lawyer Jonathan Breeden can make the decision procession mush easier. Attorney Breeden can explain the entire process and help you determine what type of adoption you want to choose.
To speak to an adoption lawyer at Breeden Law Office, contact us at (919) 661-4970 to schedule a consultation.