State Laws & Compacts

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Adoption law differs from state to state. It's important that adopting and placing parents, as well as those searching for family members, learn what these laws allow.

Access to Adoption Records

State regulations covering access to identifying and non-identifying (non-ID) information for each state. Includes contact details and information on Confidential Intermediaries (where available).

Adult Adoption Laws

U.S. State laws relating to adult adoption: the adoption of one adult by another adult.

Interstate Adoption: ICPC and ICAMA

Adoption across state lines involves working with both states within the framework of one or both Interstate Compacts: ICPC and ICAMA. Here's what you need to know about the legalities involved, and how moving to another state may affect assistance.

National Directory of Putative Father Registries

Not all states have registries for putative fathers. Find information for the states that do, as well as information for serving military. Statutes, how and where to file, and costs, if any. A national directory of registries.

Relinquishment, Consent & Time to Revoke

State laws differ widely on when and how parental rights can be relinquished, and the period of time when placing parents can change their minds. Here's what you need to know about relinquishment of parental rights, consent to adoption, and the time to r

Safe Haven Laws & Programs

Direct links to and information about state laws enacted and/or propsed on legal abandonment and safe haven programs around the U.S.

Adoption Law Summaries
Concise summaries of the major points of adoption law for each state: parties to an adoption, consent, putative fathers, adoption expenses, and state treatment of adoptions finalized abroad.

Use of Advertising & Facilitators in Adoptive Placements
An overview of legal restrictions with links to state laws, from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.

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Teri Macri - 1 year ago
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Hello, My name is Teri Macri. My husband and I have always spoke of having a large family. We had four children when we discussed the idea of adopting as I was unable to carry another child. We attempted international adoption, however our paperwork was in one country and the US ban any adoptions from there. Strangely it happened with the second country as well. We were very discouraged, but did not want to give up on the plan and dream we had. Working in the medical field, I was contacted three times about possible open adoptions. The first two changed their minds and we so understood. I could not imagine looking into the eyes of my child and giving the child away. The third couple abandoned the baby hours after being delivered and DYFS of NJ took the baby. We decided to see what we could do to help these babies. We went to weekends of classes, multiple background checks, and many interviews before we were approved as a Special Needs Infant Foster Home. Our first baby came to #1
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