The first step in legalizing adoption is terminating the rights of the child’s birth parents with the final step of the process being the court process that finalizes the adoption to the child’s foster parents making them the child’s permanent, legal parents. To go through in detail the adoption process go online to the Child Adoption Resource Authority’s website. During the passage of this process, there are a number of points where the adoption laws established will have visible effects on the adoption of your child.
During the termination of the birth parents rights, as earlier mentioned a judicial decree is issued by a judge in a court of law. Its sole purpose is to permanently end all legal parental rights of a birth parent. This relinquishing of rights by a birth parent can either be involuntary or voluntary. To read more on instances where it may be done involuntarily click here. This decree has got to take place before the child can be declared legally adoptable. In some states however, there is a window period for which the birth parent can appeal the decree. To have a list of this states click here.
An adoption process can be said to have a high legal risk for the adopting parents if and when adoption takes place before the termination of birth parent rights has been read and it is expected that the may not be read out or that the birth parent is likely to have a successful appeal. To have a glimpse of cases argued for an overturn of a decree visit this website childadoptionlaws.com. A low legal risk adoption on the other hand is one where by even though the termination decree has not been read it is widely expected that it will be without any expectation of an appeal.