How long is the adoption process?

The adoption process varies somewhat for each family that goes through it, depending on the unique facts of each case. So while there is no set length, one constant is that the court requires six months to have jurisdiction over a child before a family can complete the adoption process. During this time the parental consents are sought and usually the home study is completed. The status of the birth parents will affect the process. And sometimes other parties, such as Native tribes, a guardian ad litem, or a family member are involved, which can add interesting elements.

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