Navigating the adoption process in New York

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2022 | Family Law |

Are you planning to adopt a child? You should be aware that the process of adoption can be very complex, and there are a lot of hurdles that you will have to overcome. Here are some details that you need to keep in mind if you plan to adopt a child from foster care.

What are the steps of the process?

The steps of the adoption process related to a New York family law case start with attending an orientation session about adopting from foster care. From there, you can choose the adoption agency you wish to work through. When you submit an adoption application, you will send in your medical history.

You will need to complete a statewide and national criminal background check. You will also complete a check by the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

Once you finish the home study process, you must attend a training session sponsored by the agency. After approval, you will work with a caseworker to find a child to adopt. You can then safely meet them so that you and the agency can assess whether this placement will be a good fit for everyone involved.

After the child is placed in your home, you will work with the caseworker under a period of close supervision. You will also work with the agency to receive any adoption subsidies, medical assistance and the reimbursement for your nonrecurring adoption expenses.

The last thing you will need to do is submit the petition to finalize your adoption. You can then contact the adoption agency or local department of social services to learn more about post-adoption services.