Frequently Asked Questions About Private Adoptions

By The Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC on July 7, 2015

When a Long Island family first begins to consider adoption, they may question whether to pursue an adoption through an agency or via a private process. In any private adoption, it is important to work with an experienced New York adoption attorney whom you trust. Your attorney can provide answers to specific questions about your family and your adoption, in addition to answers to “frequently-asked questions” like these:

What is a private adoption?

In a private or “independent” adoption, the birth parent(s) relinquish their parental rights to the adoptive parent(s) directly, instead of to an agency. Often, birth and adoptive parents can work more closely during an independent adoption than in an agency setting.

What happens during a private adoption?

The adoptive family works with their attorney to seek birth parent(s) who would like to see their child adopted. The respective parents and their attorneys work together to ensure a good match, to handle all the necessary paperwork, and to make the child’s transition as smooth as possible.

Why do adopting families choose private adoptions?

Advantages of a private adoption include greater control over the process for both birth and adoptive families, more extensive background information about the child’s medical and social history, the ability to keep the child out of a potentially turbulent foster care setting, and often, reduced search times.

How many private adoptions take place in the U.S. each year?

Although statistics are not kept, the organization Families for Private Adoptions (FPA) estimates that 70 percent of all newborn adoptions in the U.S. each year are private adoptions. In the New York metropolitan, the average time for adoption can be anywhere from 4 to 6 months.

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