An Outline of the Adoption Process in Oklahoma
Adopting a child is often one of the most exciting times of your life. Adding a family member is something that you will always remember. However, the process can be very time-consuming and difficult, as it requires that new parents jump through a lot of hoops to work through the adoption process.
Here, we provide a quick overview of the adoption process in Oklahoma. While most cases will follow this general outline, every case is different, so the process in each situation may not be exactly the same.
1. What Kind of Adoption Method Will You Use?
The adoption process varies based on how you adopt. For example, adopting internationally will require a very different process compared to domestic adoption. Adopting a child out of the foster system has a different process as well. In many situations, relatives want to adopt children of other relatives, which has a different process, too.
If you want to adopt an infant, you will often need to work with an adoption agency. If you are more flexible about the age of the child that you would like to adopt, using a foster care adoption process may be a better fit for you.
2. The Written Application Process
The application process for adoption will vary a great deal, but it generally starts with a written application. No matter how you are adopting, you will have to provide certain information about yourself and, if applicable, your spouse. This information is used to determine whether you will be a fit parent who can provide for a newly adopted child.
3. Interviews, Home Visits, and Meet-and-Greets
The adoption process requires an in-depth review of you as a person as well as your home. In some cases, you will also meet the expecting mother who is putting her baby up for adoption as part of this process. Many expecting mothers want to meet adoptive parents to be sure that their baby is going to a good home.
Get Help with the Adoption Process
No matter which adoption method you use, it is a good idea to have an experienced attorney by your side through the process. They will be able to explain the ins and outs of the process in addition to your legal rights and obligations related to adoption.
Considering adoption? Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help.