Those seeking to adopt a child in the state of Michigan have a lot to learn about the process going forward. Though adopting a child is extremely rewarding, it is also a lot of work, and the process is in-depth, document-heavy, and sometimes even invasive, to a certain extent. You will most likely have to participate in background checks, home visits, interviews, classes, and more. However, the first step is selecting which type of adoption works for you. The various types of adoption available to individuals in Michigan are as follows:
- Domestic adoption: This is when parents currently living in the United States, as United States citizens adopt a child who is also born in, and lives in the United States. Oftentimes, parents will try and have an open domestic adoption, which is when a child remains in contact with his or her biological parents.
- Private adoption: Private adoptions are when parents either adopt a child they already know, or adopt a child through his or her biological parent, generally circumventing the foster care system.
- Stepparent adoption: If you are seeking to adopt your stepchild, this is the route you will most likely take. However, to adopt your stepchild, you will either need full permission from the child’s biological parent, or the courts will have to prove that the child has been exposed to substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, or any other type of dangerous environment, thereby warranting a more responsible stepparent’s care for the child.
- International adoption: This is when parents in the United States adopt a child from another country. While this type of adoption is extremely rewarding for parents and children alike, you should be aware that international adoptions generally require additional work, including lots of travel back and forth between countries.
- LGBT Adoption: Though LGBT adoption is not yet legal everywhere in the United States, members of the LGBT community are able to adopt a child in the state of Michigan.
- Adult adoption: This form of adoption is generally for two or more adults who are seeking to transfer inheritance rights and/or filiation.
Adopting a child is one of the most selfless things someone can do for another person. Nothing would make us happier than to help you and your child through the adoption process, every step of the way.
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