Many New Yorkers look forward to expanding their families through adoption. People just beginning the process often have questions about private adoptions. In private adoptions, the adopting family works together with the birth mother and adoption lawyers to complete the adoption process. Here are three of the most common questions about Long Island private adoption that our law firm receives:
Who can adopt in New York?
New York allows single adults and adult couples to adopt. Couples may adopt regardless of their marital status or sexual orientation.
If you are separated but not divorced from your spouse, New York will allow you to adopt as a “single parent” rather than as part of a married couple. But, you’ll need to provide evidence of your separation. This can be a written separation agreement, a court judgment of separation, or a physical separation that has lasted at least three years.
Why should you consider a private or “independent” adoption?
Families who choose independent or “private” adoption, rather than agency adoptions, do so for several reasons. Some adopting parents prefer the freedom to choose the birth mother and even to develop a connection with her before the child is born. In some cases, families can also reduce the cost of adoption, since the fees that go with an agency adoption can be high.
Can the baby be discharged from the hospital directly to the adopting parents?
In most cases, yes. When the newly-adopted child is ready to go home, he or she can leave the hospital with the adopting parents. When this happens, the birth mother is discharged separately. She may leave either before or after the baby does, depending on her medical needs.
If you have any questions about Long Island adoptions, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC. We can be reached at (516) 227-5353.