Adoption gives many Massachusetts residents the opportunity to raise and care for children as if they were their own, but the emotional nature of the adoption process provides fertile ground for those seeking to profit through deception and fraud. Adoption fraud or wrongful adoption occurs when individuals or adoption agencies profit financially through illegal acts or misrepresentation during the adoption process.
Massachusetts residents interested in becoming adoptive parents need to follow certain steps that are designed to ensure that their home is a safe placement for the child. Adoptive parents must be at least 18 years of age before they can begin the adoption process.
There are various reasons for deciding to adopt a child, and eligibility of prospective parents is an important issue as the process is considered. Massachusetts does not allow private adoptions, and thus the process will be overseen by the Probate and Family Court. In order to proceed with an adoption, prospective parents must meet certain requirements.
In Massachusetts, state law provides certain parental rights to birth parents. Although there are exceptions, such as in the case of a parent that has been found legally unfit by a family law court, it is generally presumed that a parent has a right to be involved in his or her child’s life. For that reason, consent is generally required from a birth parent before a child may be placed up for adoption.
Adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding decisions that a couples in Salem can make. Through adoption, couples who often cannot have children of their own are able to provide a loving home to a child that may otherwise have a difficult life.
The choice of giving a child up for adoption in Salem County is a complicated and emotional one. Even in the best of circumstances when both parents arrive at this difficult decision together, it is not to be taken lightly. However, there are circumstances where unmarried parents may not agree on this choice. In that event, it is imperative to take a look at what rights the child's father may have as opposed to the rights of the mother.
A few weeks ago a post on this blog discussed the new Russian bill that bans American parents from adopting Russian children. Since then, the bill has gone into effect and American and Russian reactions to the bill have been noteworthy.
Many Massachusetts parents have probably eagerly awaited the arrival of a child. This waiting may take place during pregnancy or during the adoption process. For parents who are adopting, the period of time spent waiting for the adoption to be finalized is likely quite nerve-wracking.
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.
Massachusetts residents know that the day a family adds an adopted child to their home is very memorable and happy. Leading up to that day, the family has likely spent a lot of time working towards bringing their child home. Adoptions are difficult processes, regardless of where they occur. However, when same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage or adoption is not recognized choose to adopt, the process is even more difficult.