Long Island families have many options when it comes to building and maintaining their relationships. For many families, adoption offers a great opportunity to bring a new loved one into the home.
Just like other family arrangements, adoption isn’t right for everyone. Here are ways to start learning more about the adoption process in New York and to determine whether and how adoption is the right choice for you:
Learn everything you can.
Read books, magazines, and web sites that deal with adoption topics. Talk to parents who have successfully completed the adoption process. Contact professional adoption agencies and attorneys who specialize in adoption, and ask for information: attend meetings and seminars, and collect brochures and handouts.
Consider the financial aspect.
As you learn about adoption, you’ll start to understand the costs related to various options. Begin estimating what an adoption will cost, and figuring out ways to finance the adoption. You may be able to work with family, friends, and colleagues to assemble the needed funds, or to seek a grant or loan from a non-profit agency that helps families adopt.
Choose an experienced adoption attorney.
During your search for information, find out which Long Island law firms specialize in family law and adoption. Check references and talk to attorneys at these firms to decide which one is best for you. Your attorney will become your best source of information about adoption law and will be able to walk you through the legal process, so choose a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable sharing information about your family and household and who is available when you have questions.
The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC represents parents adopting children in private placement adoptions, including step parent adoptions and re-adoptions after foreign adoptions from a country other than the United States. Feel free to call the Law Offices if you are considering adopting a child.