Adoption is one of the happiest and most exciting areas within family law. Although it does typically involve the custody of children (while less common an adult can be adopted), adoptions are handled by the probate court.
There are several types of adoption cases. These include independent adoptions, agency adoptions, interstate and foreign adoptions (where the children and parents are located in different states or even countries) and step-parent adoptions. They are each a unique way to add to your family and share your name, home, and love with a child.
In the state of Ohio, single adults as well as married couples may adopt. Prior to the adoption a home study will be completed as well as background checks to ensure safety.
If the person being adopted is a minor, his or her parents may be required to consent, depending on the status of their parental rights and their role in the child’s life. If the child is over the age of twelve, he or she must consent as well.
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