Domestic adoption creates a place for families to develop by giving children a home to live in with loving parents. Many adoptions occur when a blood relative takes on a family member’s responsibility with a child. Others are non-blood-related adoptions. Both types of adoption require specific steps to meet all of the necessary requirements before the adoption can occur.
There are several avenues to take for people who want to add children to their family through adoption. While adoptions occur in a future parent’s own state, many other children go through the adoption process and are found out of the state. This type of adoption is similar but involves different dynamics during the adoption process. Follow along as we discuss the topic of adopting a child from another state and what you need to know.
Finding a Child for Adoption in Another State
A large portion of adoptions occurs when family or friends of the biological parents take on the responsibility of raising their children. With these friends and relatives spread across the United States, adoptions many times cross state lines.
The other type of adoption involves prospective parents seeking out adoption and giving themselves a better chance by looking all across the country for children to adopt. Both of these types of adoptions are similar, except the non-blood-related adopter needs to know where to search for potential adoptees.
Each state has adoption agencies licensed by their state organizations and who regulate adoptions. Does this mean if you are looking into an infant adoption, you must search in each state? Not necessarily. Thanks to sites like https://www.childwelfare.gov controlled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other private registries, those who wish to adopt children have access to websites that have compiled the information you need to search for children across the country.
The Dynamics of Interstate Adoption
Adopting within a single state has some advantages, except when it comes to the number of children available for adoption. Giving adoptive parents access to more children became easier with the Interstate Compact On the Placement of Children. This agreement between all fifty states in the U.S. and its territories provides for a more streamlined adoption process.
The only serious caveat that differs from adopting in your home state is the fact you must meet the requirements of both the state you live in and the resident state you are adopting from. Most states are similar, so this is not a huge difference, though you may find requirements do differ slightly from state to state.
The agreement between the states allows for your home state’s human services department to take on the responsibility of vetting the adoptive parents. Each state in the union has its own state agency that takes on the Interstate Compact agreement’s responsibility. Without this agreement between the states, it would be almost impossible for interstate adoptions to take place.
Utilizing Adoption Agencies
Setting out to adopt a child without assistance from an adoption agency can add stress to your life while going through the process. Patience is one quality you will need to learn during the adoption process. The issue arises when you take on the process yourself and do not fully understand each state’s rules. Adoption agencies understand the nuances of adoptions across state lines and have extensive experience with adoptions within each state’s court systems, making them an invaluable resource for those considering adopting across state lines.