Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family, but with it comes many questions.
There are several types of adoption options in Arkansas. You may adopt through special needs adoption, international adoption and domestic infant adoption.
North Carolina allows many people to adopt children. Adults between the ages of 21 and 65 are eligible to adopt. You may be single or married, but couples must be married for at least one year. All family members 18 years old and older must be fingerprinted in order for criminal record checks to be conducted locally, through the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
There are hundreds of children available for adoption in North Carolina. These children are currently in foster are for various reasons. While it is called special needs adoption, not all children have physical disabilities. For the purpose of adoption, North Carolina defines special needs as:
Children with special needs, such as physical, mental, and emotional disabilities
Sibling groups and teenagers
Minority children, especially African American males
Potential adoptive parents must participate in and complete 30 hours of pre-service training provided by the agency. This training will help to understand some of the difficulties the children may face and give you some strategies to deal with them.
If you are interested in domestic infant adoption, or are a birth parent who would like to make an adoption plan, you can do so through a licensed adoption agency, or through an adoption attorney. Be sure that any attorney that you choose has experience in adoptions.
If you are pregnant and feel that you do not have the resources to care for a child, or to make an adoption plan, North Carolina does have a Safe Haven law. This allows you to leave your baby (under 7 days old), to any hospital, health department, community health center, police or sheriff department, social services department, fire or emergency services station.
International adoptions have many adoptions and some restrictions. There are many countries to choose to adopt from and each country has different requirements. Adoption agencies handle international adoptions and different agencies deal specifically with certain countries. This is to your advantage and will help your adoption go more smoothly. The agency that you deal with must be licensed in North Carolina.
A home study is the equivalent of a job interview, but far more intensive. Being a parent is the most important job you will ever do, and a home study interview reflects that. In addition to the criminal background checks, your home will be checked to insure that you have adequate room for a child and that your home meets basic safety standards. Your worker will also discuss details of your life such as your childhood, your marriage (if applicable), your parenting skills, and other details of your life. These questions may seem invasive, but in addition to learning about you, these questions help to match you with a child that is the best fit for your family.
North Carolina does not currently have an adoption registry for identifying information. A birth parent or an adult adoptee may receive not-identifying information or medical information. In order for an adoptee to gain further information an attorney must be retained a motion drawn up with the reason for obtaining the information. A hearing is then held to determine whether or not the file should be unsealed.
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Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in North Carolina who are hoping to be adopted.
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