Laws, Legal Resources, Legal Reform

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Statutes, codes, and rulings, legal considerations, information to help locate legal professionals, and advocacy information for issues affecting our adoptive, foster, and step families.

Adoption Laws

Adopting and placing parents need to know about state and federal laws governing adoption. Find information about consent to adopt, advertising law, and other laws that differ from state to state, as well as laws that affect all U.S. adoptions.

Advocacy & Reform

Learn about the issues facing adoptive and foster extended and blended families, and where and how you can make a difference.

Legal Considerations in Adoption

Legal considerations for those seeking to adopt include locating an adoption attorney, understanding legal risks, and knowing the law governing each type of adoption.

Legal Language

Check the Glossary for legal words and terms used in connection with adoption and foster care.

Online Law Libraries & Reference

Online adoption law libraries, legal reference resources, and law policy centers.

Library of Articles: Legislation

Library of on-site articles about legislation at local, national, and international levels, and how it affects all members of the adoption community. Includes open records, citizenship, legal abandonment laws, putative fathers, the Hague Convention, tax

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Greg - 2 months ago
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On 1/28/2014, the CA Court of Appeal published Finberg v. Manset which says that adoptive stepparents do NOT have the same rights as biological parents, or even adoptive parents who arent's "steps." What to do? #1
mary serfass - 3 months ago
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I would like to adopt my grandson. I have had custody since he was 3. And now he is 8 since then his mother has had 2 other childeren and doesn't. See him very often I have check into it a lawyer wants $1500.00 I was hoping there was a program out there #2
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