Who may adopt?
A resident of the State.
A husband and wife jointly.
An unmarried adult.
Consent for adoption to be executed?
A hearing is held within 30 days of the filing of a petition for voluntary termination of parental rights, but not before the birth of the child.
Revocation of consent?
Generally consents are irrevocable, but a parent who has consented to termination may, within 1 year, petition for relief on grounds i.e., mistake, newly-discovered evidence, fraud, misrepresentation, or misconduct. See the statute for detailed exceptions to the 1-year provision.
Who may place a child for adoption?
A parent having custody of the child.
A licensed child-placing agency.
No person or child-placing agency shall charge, pay, give, or agree to give or accept any money, property, service, or other thing of value in connection with a placement or adoption. No person shall advertise or solicit to perform any activity prohibited by this section.
A physician, attorney, or clergyman shall not charge any fee for recommending [a placement of a child for adoption] to a board or agency and shall not advertise that he or she is available to make such recommendations.
No person or child-placing agency shall charge, pay, give, or agree to give or accept any money, property, service, or other thing of value in connection with a placement or adoption or any act undertaken pursuant to this chapter except:
Putative Father's Registry?
No. The putative father may file a declaration of parental interest at any time, except after termination of the putative father's parental rights.
The declaration must be in writing and signed by the putative father.
Pre- and post-adoptive counseling.
Medical and hospital care.
Living expenses up to $1,000 when necessary to protect the health and welfare of mother or fetus but not to include lost wages or living expenses while receiving medical care.
A gift to the mother, not to exceed $50 in value.
Statute outlines payment procedure to out-of-state adoptions.
Fees may be charged for services provided or investigations completed.
The department may charge a fee of $75 to review foreign adoption
documents and provide certification.
Information provided in part by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
© Excerpted from Adoption.com Guide to US Infant Adoption, published by Adoption Media, LLC
Credits: Sandra Hanks Benoiton
To see local Adopting resources, please select a location (U.S. only):
Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.