The first step in the adoption process is to determine if you are eligible to adopt. In Indiana, you must be at least 18 years old and be able to provide a safe and stable home for the child.
Once you have determined that you are eligible to adopt, you must decide on the type of adoption you wish to pursue. There are several options available, including:
- Private adoption: This involves adopting a child through a private adoption agency or directly from the birth parents.
- Public adoption: This involves adopting a child through the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) or a licensed child-placing agency.
- International adoption: This involves adopting a child from a foreign country.
Once you have chosen the type of adoption you wish to pursue, your lawyer will assist you with completing the necessary legal paperwork and undergo a home study. The home study is a thorough evaluation of your home, family, and overall readiness to adopt. This process includes interviews with you and other members of your household, as well as a review of your financial and medical records.
If the home study is successful, you will be approved to adopt and will be matched with a child. The final step in the adoption process is the legal process of transferring the child’s custody from the birth parents (if applicable) to you. This is done through the issuance of a final adoption decree by the court.
It is important to note that the adoption process can be complex and time-consuming, and it is recommended that you seek the assistance of an experienced adoption attorney at Frangos Legal LLC, to ensure that all legal requirements are met, and your rights are protected. You can schedule a consultation by emailing us at [email protected], by telephone at 317-643-1345, or by booking online.