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What Are the Different Types of Adoption in New Jersey?

Adoption is one of the most complex, emotional, joyous, and at times stressful areas of the law. If you are considering adoption, Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, L.L.C. is here to help you navigate this process successfully. Our board-certified New Jersey adoption attorneys have smoothly guided numerous families through this complex journey, and we are equipped to assist you too. Contact us today to get started. Continue reading to learn more about the various options for adoption as well as what is involved in the process.

How does the New Jersey adoption process work?

Adoptions are very fact sensitive and the process depends heavily on the type of adoption you decide to pursue. In most cases, legal adoption of a child will involve:

  • Getting approval from the appropriate court in New Jersey
  • Gaining the consent of all of the parties involved
  • Completing a court adoption hearing

Regardless of what option you choose, you will need strong legal support to help you through each step of the way. It is important to keep in mind that prospective adoptive parents will need to undergo significant background checks. This may include home visits, and other invasive procedures to ensure the child is going to a good and safe home. If complications arise, it is important to have guidance from an expereinced adoption attorney who can help you address any obstacles.

Reach out to our experienced family law attorneys at Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark today to obtain more information about what you can expect during this complex process.

What are the types of adoptions in New Jersey?

There are various types of adoption. The type of adoption you choose will determine the precise legal assistance you will need. Options include:

  • Public agency adoptions
  • Private agency adoptions
  • Direct or independent adoptions
  • International or foreign adoptions

What is family adoption?

Family adoptions are a bit different than the other options because there is already an established relationship between the child and prospective adoptive parent. Family adoptions will typically occur when biological parents are absent or unsuitable to care for their child. Another adult will then want to step in to claim parental rights. Some family members may want to consider the process to include the child’s step-parent, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or others.

If you are considering the family adoption process, it is important to have a legal team on your side. Contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark today to help begin this process.


If you have any questions regarding your family law matter, you can depend on our legal team to fight for your best interests, every step of the way. Contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C. today to learn more about how our legal team can assist you.