What are the requirements I have to meet in order to adopt a child?

If the adoption is not by a close relative the state will run a routine background check on the prospective adoptive parents to make sure the home is an appropriate placement for the child. With a successful check, the state provides its consent. Additionally, through a home study, a licensed social worker conducts a series of interviews, takes a look at the home, and makes a recommendation to the court about whether the parents and child are a good match. The birth parents’ consent or a court’s termination of the birth parents’ rights is also necessary. Sometimes, a tribe or other party may be in a position to give or withhold consent as well.

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