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How Does the Adoption Process Work in New Jersey? | What to Know

To learn more about the adoption process in New Jersey, do not wait to reach out to our dedicated and experienced Morris County NJ adoption lawyers today. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that you achieve your family goals. Contact our firm today.

What are the different types of adoption?

The state of New Jersey recognizes that there are different familial circumstances that would benefit from various kinds of adoptions. That is why there are a number of types. The most common ones include the following:

  • Domestic adoption: This refers to adopting a child born in the United States as a United States resident is considered a domestic adoption.
  • International adoption: This type of adoption occurs when a family adopts a child from another country.
  • Private adoption: In some instances, people seek to adopt a child directly through the child’s biological parent. This is known as a private adoption.
  • Step-parent and grandparent adoption: These adoptions usually occur when a biological parent surrenders his or her parental rights or has them seized by a court, permitting a step-parent or grandparent to adopt the child.

What do I have to do to adopt a child?

While adoption is an exciting adventure, it is important to understand that there are a number of different steps you must first complete before you can bring your child home for good. The “Home Study” process starts with a 27-hour training period and a home visit. At this point, adoptive parents must submit personal information, such as employment, schooling, childcare, and medical references.

To be able to adopt a child, you must apply to become the child’s adoptive parents. Once that is complete, you must go through the CP&P and gain state approval to adopt a child. You will then have to match with a child, obtain all involved parties’ consent (such as the biological parent, foster home, or any other party involved). Then, you must complete the adoption process in court, and once you finally take your child home, there will be a supervision period where the court will make sure that your child is in a clean, safe, and positive environment.

To learn more about the adoption process in New Jersey, reach out to our skilled Morris County NJ adoption lawyers.


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