about: The Adoption Process
long is the adoption process?
It usually takes 4 - 6 months, but the exact time is governed
by the state where the adoption takes place.
do I go to file an adoption?
Adoptions are filed at the court in the county of your residence
(unless there is a prior court of continuing jurisdiction).
will happen at the hearing?
The Judge will ask some simple questions to determine if the
adoption shall be granted or denied.
does the Home Study work?
The Adoption Home Study is how the state determines if you
are a good candidate to take a child into your home. An adoption
case worker from a state accredited company, will evaluate
your situation. The case worker will do a criminal background
check, ask you for information about your finances and will
often come into your home to evaluate the home environment
about: Our Adoption Service
of our MyAdoptionForms Service is only $349. The court costs
are separate and paid when you file your adoption paperwork.
We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, Bank Cashiers Checks,
and Money Orders.
The forms take 2-3 business days or sooner to process, excluding
weekends and holidays. Then they will be emailed to you.
We guarantee your money back in case the adoption forms get
rejected by the judge and we can't correct them for any reason.
When you order the service you will be asked to download
and complete the adoption questionnaire as accurately as possible
and submit it back to us by email, mail, or fax. Within about
2-3 days the forms will be ready for your review and approval.
If necessary, submit any adjustments or changes you wish to
make to the forms back to us. When you are satisfied with
the forms; print, sign, and file them at the court house.
You will receive a case number and a letter with a hearing
date in the mail. Attend the hearing and meet with the judge.
Once granted, your adoption is complete.
you represent me in the courtroom?
No we do not represent you or give any kind of legal advice.
We are a non-lawyer service. The case is in your hands.
about: General Information
A Missing Biological Father does cause problems in a family.
Therefore, if the birth mother wants total rights of the child,
she can have them. The birth father is missing, so he usually
won't protest his parental rights being removed and placed
solely upon the mother.
if the Child isn't born yet?
You must always have a child be born first to use our My Adoption
Forms Service. If the child is not born yet, then you will
need to wait until he/she is born, then do your court documents
do I "Serve" the other party with Adoption Papers?
of service & Surrender of Parental Rights: allows
an agreeable biological father to sign a waiver of the
formalities of service of citation notifying him of your
suit and voluntarily surrendering their parental rights.
or Process Server: They actually go out to where the biological
father lives or works and hands him the papers. The process
server then completes a 'return of citation' showing that
the biological father was personally handed the papers.
would send a Certified letter through the mail, allowing
the biological father to be notified (served) through
the mail. You would send the Certified letter with delivery
restricted to the biological father only. Once he has
signed for the certified mail, the green card with his
signature is returned to you as proof that he was served.
You then send a copy to the Court to verify that "service
of process" has been completed.
by Publication: allows cases to proceed even when the biological
father cannot be found to be notified or even if his identity
is unknown. A notice is run 1 time in the newspaper in the
county where the adoption suit is filed as "service
of process". The case then proceeds just as if he had
been personally notified.
if we live in different states?
We can do your adoption even if you and the
adoptee (person being adopted) live in different states. Unless
the person is 18 or older, the birth parents have to give
up their rights to the adoptee in their state first so that
you can thereafter acquire those rights in your state. If
the person is 18 or older, the first step will be unnecessary
and the whole case becomes a standard adoption.
Most states now require a criminal history check to be completed
on any person adopting a child. The adopting party simply
goes by the county sheriff's office and has a fingerprint
card completed to be mailed to a state agency for a criminal
history check. Some sheriff's offices charge a nominal fee
of $5-$10 for doing the fingerprint card, but most make no
charge for taking the fingerprints.
of Consent for the Adoptive Child
The age of consent for most states is 10 years of age and
over, therefore requiring children 10 years of age and over
to sign and file a Consent Form with their adoption.
many families can have custody over one Child
For adoption purposes, the rule in general is that only one
family can have custody over a child. The process of adoption
is what legally transfers custody and rights from one family
If one or both of the Spouses is in the Military when doing
an adoption, one of the spouses must be present in the US
to file the adoption paperwork at the local county courthouse.
They must qualify for residency in the State where they are
filing the adoption and must both undergo the criminal background
check and the Home Study must also be done.
Can me and my partner adopt, if we are not legally married.
No; either you or your partner may adopt the child or adoptee, but not both. Most of the time, the courts don't like creating a shared custody arrangement. It would be similar to a divorced couple situation.