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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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Bobby Jean - 5 months ago
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My adoption papers contain incorrect information about my adopted parents. For example: Both parents were listed as 35 years old when they were actually 45. Adoptied Mom had colo-rectal-uturin cancer surgery right before the adoption, and the Father was a severe alcoholic. Both were listed as being in perfect health with no mental issues. I was listed as unassuming girl, dark brown hair, and eyes. (I was blonde with green eyes and scared to death of messing up. My Mom was amazing, my Father started sexually abused me from the very beginning.Abuse was never mentioned by me because that is the background I was in pre-relinquishment by my birth Mother. I found all of my birth siblings in 1996-97 and that is such a blessing. I just can't get past the false info on my papers. Help. #1
Searching For My Birth Parents - 1 month ago
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I was notified by the couple who raised me that I was not theirs. I already have proof that I was not adopted. I am looking for my birth parents from the 1960's. Thank you very kindly. #2
lori - 4 months ago
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I adopted my daughter 37 yrs ago. the birth mother put my name and my husbands name on birth certificate. my daughter kept asking if she was adopted I did not tell her for a long time because of the way it was arranged she now know the truth she does not believe the name i gave her of the birth mother. she is having many issues. I dont know how to handle this now. she does not believe anything about this. what should i do. #3
carolyn parsons - 5 months ago
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II am the birth mom to a teen in rowan county in nc she has been missing sence Nov19 2011 the adapted parents never reported it on of their kids did last July30th there is proof of physical mental and emotional abuse in the home as well as to her as early as ages 2 to 4 i want to know what i can do to get my rights back so if she is found she dont have to go back to that home #4
mary serfass - 10 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 #5
Greg - 9 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? #6
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