Every child deserves to feel included in a family. Depending on how often a child in foster care moves around, he or she may not feel closely connected to any one family. One Massachusetts woman realized that some foster children exit the foster care system alone because they were not adopted before they aged out of the system.
She decided that she definitely wanted to adopt a child who would soon be leaving the foster care system alone, so she looked into adopting an older teenager. After realizing the oldest teenager in Massachusetts looking for a home was 16 years old, she began looking out-of-state for an older child.
This woman found a boy in Pennsylvania that she thought she would get along well with and began the process of adopting him. Unfortunately, since interstate adoptions in the United States are quite complicated, the adoption process took a long time and encountered several bumps along the way.
As each state follows its own adoption policies, an interstate adoption encounters challenges when it comes to determining which state's policies will be followed and which state is responsible for handling various parts of the adoption process.
According to a report, only one of every 28 people who contact a child welfare agency about adoption actually ends up adopting a child. If the interstate adoption process was simpler, perhaps more people would adopt children. One way to make an adoption go more smoothly is to contact a legal professional who can provide guidance throughout the adoption process and answer questions future parents may have.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Process, paperwork make interstate adoption a bumpy ride," Ryann Blackshere, Sept. 19, 2012
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