Connecticut Adoption Law Firm
Being able to offer a child love, care, and a roof over their head is one of the greatest gifts a person can ever give. But while adoption may be an intimate experience for both the child and the adults involved, it is also a legally intensive and highly technical one. At the law office of The Christie Law Firm, LLC, our Connecticut adoption lawyer is available to answer your questions about the adoption process and represent you throughout. If you are thinking about adoption or have questions and want to learn more, call The Christie Law Firm, LLC today for the support and advice you need.
Types of Adoptions
When most people think of adoption, they may think of the adoption of a newborn baby; however, there are multiple types of adoption, including newborn adoption, older-child adoptions, foster child adoptions, and stepchild adoptions.
- Newborn adoption. Infant adoptions are one of the most common adoption types, but these adoptions can still be very complicated. When pursuing an infant adoption, there are considerations about whether to adopt from within the U.S. or internationally, whether to have an open or closed adoption, and more. Talk to your attorney about any questions that you.
- Older-child adoption. While newborn adoptions are very popular, some parents decide to adopt older children who have been in the system for months or years. Adopting an older child is not for everyone and can be incredibly challenging, but it may also be one of the most incredible gifts you can give a child.
- Foster child adoption. Some people choose to foster-adopt before adoption, a form of adoption where a foster child is placed in the home and lives with the adult(s) for a period of time before an adoption takes place. This may be the case when the child is not legally eligible for adoption at the time that they are placed in foster care.
- Stepchild adoption. Finally, another very common type of adoption is stepchild adoption. This type of adoption may very well be the least complicated adoption type, and occurs when the parent of a child remarries and the new partner (i.e. the child’s stepparent) wants to adopt the child. Stepparent adoption is only legally possible when the biological parent who is not the child’s caretaker has waived their parental rights.
Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption in Connecticut
If you are considering adoption, you may have a number of questions about the adoption process, eligibility requirements, and how an attorney can assist you. Please consider the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that our law firm hears about Connecticut adoptions, but note that answers may vary based on adoption type and that it is always in your best interest to consult with a Connecticut adoption attorney before making any decisions or proceeding with an adoption.
Is there an age requirement to adopt a child in CT?
There is no legal age requirement to adopt a child within Connecticut as long as a person is a legal adult (18 years of age); however, note that if you are adopting through a private adoption agency, the agency could have specific requirements.
Can you adopt a child if you are single? What about if you are gay?
In Connecticut, an adult who is otherwise eligible to adopt a child will not be barred from adoption based on their marital status or their sexual identity or preferences. In other words, you can be married (so long as your spouse agrees to the adoption) or single to adopt in Connecticut and can be gay or straight.
What are the requirements to foster a child before adoption?
Some people may choose to be foster parents before adopting a child. If this is the case, there are eligibility requirements for fostering a child that an individual or a couple must satisfy. These include but are not limited to:
- Being at least 21 or older.
- Being able to provide a safe home.
- Being able to meet one’s financial needs.
- Being able to pass a criminal background check.
- Having a large enough home to accommodate a foster child.
- Attending a training program and completing an adoption home study.
Do you have to work with an attorney when adopting a child in Connecticut?
Regardless of the type of adoption that you are pursuing, working with an adoption attorney in Connecticut is absolutely essential. An attorney can help you to understand the various laws surrounding the adoption, including termination of the biological parents’ rights, laws for international adoptions, eligibility requirements for adoptions, and more. Whatever your circumstances, an attorney can provide representation along the way. Attempting to adopt a child without an experienced attorney can have negative consequences.
How to Start the Adoption Process in Connecticut
If you are thinking about adopting a child in Connecticut, there are a few steps that you should take to initiate the process.
- Decide to adopt. The first part of the process is making the decision that you (and your partner if you are married) are ready to adopt. Once this decision has been made, you can proceed.
- Hire a Connecticut adoption lawyer. Regardless of the type of adoption you are pursuing, the first thing that you should do immediately after determining that you are ready to adopt is to hire a Connecticut adoption lawyer who has experience working on adoption cases like yours.
- Make tough decisions about the adoption process. During the adoption process, there are numerous decisions that you may have to make that can be challenging. For example, you want an open adoption, where the birth parents maintain some relationship with you and the child, or a closed adoption, where the connection is completely severed? Do you want to adopt internationally, or within the U.S.? If you are pursuing a stepparent adoption, has the child’s other parent agreed to terminate their parental rights, or will this be a legal battle?
- Prepare for the process. One of the steps in the process of pursuing adoption is to really understand each step that you will go through and what the process will look like after you have decided what type of adoption you are pursuing and have made decisions about what that adoption will look like. Your attorney can tell you what forms you will need to submit, whether you will need to comply with home visits and background checks, how long the process will likely take, and more.
Get Help from a Connecticut Adoption Attorney Today
At the law office of The Christine Law Firm, LLC, our Connecticut adoption attorney can answer your questions about adoption, assist you with your adoption case with a focus on adoption cases involving the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF), and offer support and guidance along the way. Call our firm today at (860) 461-7494, send us a message, or visit our Hartford office in person at your convenience.