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Adoption is a legal process that creates a parent-child relationship between individuals not related by blood. Adoption entitled the adopted child to all privileges like natural child and the original parent transfers all their rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parent.

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Can you adopt your 20-year-old nephew?

Your nephew is no longer a minor and quite capable of looking after himself. He's considered an adult now so the normal adoption process that would be used for a minor doesn't apply here. However, if there are other factors, and your nephew has no family or has disowned his parents, he is of age to go with you before the justice system and have you adopt him. It's a matter of who he considers his family and what strength that will give him in his character than anything else. It also would give him a sense of belonging. Ask your nephew what he thinks of this and if it both makes you feel better to do so, then seek out legal advice and start the ball rolling.

AnswerAs the previous answer stated, your nephew is 20 years old and is considered a legal adult. If there are no other mitigating factors, there is no adoption issue. However, if he is in any way disabled and cannot care for himself and requires a guardian or trustee, then that would require the normal court process to show that you are more capable of caring for his needs than his biological parents.

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Both the answers above came to you from people who do not know adoption laws, otherwise they would have known that children are considered "adoptable" through the age of 21 years old, and "special needs" adults (such as with Autism or Downs Syndrome, etc) are adoptable for as long as they live no matter how old they are. But as mentioned above, go to your local court and ask for advice from a family services lawyer/counselor as to how to proceed. Also contact your state Department of Human (Child/Family) Services as they would be the ones who would have to handle all the actual paperwork.

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Can an illegal immigrant living in the US adopt a child even a child from his own country?

With all of the red tape and paperwork you will need to go through, it is not likely, especially if you plan to adopt from outside the US. Odds are you'll end up being deported yourself.

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Babies

What is a Home Study and why is it necessary?

A homestudy, or home study, is basically an interview with a social worker.

You can expect a minimum of 3 visits, some of which are required to be in your home. The social worker will want to interview you and your family, check your finances, run a criminal background check, receive documented proof of your health and interview your references.

Your social worker may ask about your family origins, your idea of parenting practices, the state of your marriage, religious beliefs and practices, and what type of child you are considering for adoption. In other words, they'll be putting together a complete family history or biography.

They want to know who you are and why you want to adopt, if you are ready for adoption and if you will be able to support a child financially, physically and emotionally or mentally.

A homestudy is very important. It's for the safety and well-being of the child(ren) they may place with you and your family. By conducting a thorough home study an agency can, hopefully, screen out people who want to adopt for the wrong reasons, who would be unsuitable parents, who could not provide adequately for a child. It can also help them to avoid putting an innocent child in an unstable, abusive or otherwise unhealthy situation. They can also be useful when it comes to matching you with a child.

Home studies sound intimidating but people go through the process successfully all of the time.

AnswerIn private adoptions, the birthmother uses a homestudy to decide if you are right to adopt her child. So make it a good one. I have looked at many of them. They really do make all the difference in the world. Making a homestudy is your chance to show how much you really do want a child, so allow it to fully represent you and don't mind throwing some extra work into it. Answer

When adopting through the state, the home study is reviewed by child's team: caseworker(s), therapist(s), Guardian Ad Litem, Attourney Ad Litem, and possibly the Foster Parents (house parent if in a group home); this is done during something called a "match staffing" (at least in the areas that I am familiar with). They'll use your home study, and possible some phone interviews to narrow down the list of potential matches. If you are looking at children that are available on one of the websites (like adopt us kids, or various heart galleries) then you would wind up sending your home study to the point of contact for that agency.

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Are there any regulations when it comes to race or ethnicity in adoption?

There are no regulations per say, but bigotry and biases certainly exist in the adoption community and with government social workers which can be more of a hindrance than laws.

  • Some American Indian tribes have restrictions on adoption of Indian children. The children of some tribes are available for adoption only by other members of that tribe. The tribe determines whether the restrictions will apply and are not subject to laws of the state in which the reservations are located.
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If you are 17 can you adopt a child?

No. I am sorry to say you are too young. It's even tough for older people to adopt children unless you have a lot of money and buy your way through a lawyers service. There are lots of chances to adopt later on in your life. It's a lot of work bringing up a baby and very expensive as well. Marcy

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How do you adopt your wife's 13-year-old daughter if her father has never seen her and does not pay any child support and the only thing that connects her to him is his name on the birth certificate?

I'm in Michigan and the way that we handled that was by calling the "County Court" where we live.They hooked us up with the Family Courts.

You have to be married (at least in our state) for one year and then there is an 'application' process. It took a few months to get completed as we had to "petition the court" to terminate the parental rights of the bio father that had nothing to do with the child. All in all there were 3 court visits and only about $125 in fees. A fairly easy process.

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How expensive is an international adoption?

International adoptions tend to run from about twelve or fifteen thousand to about thirty. But the cost usually includes agency fees, travel expenses and CIS (formerly called the INS) fees, as well as the fees required by the country from which you are adopting.

In most cases, the money is paid in increments as you go through the adoption process rather than all at one time in a lump sum.

Check with your accountant or the IRS, because adoptive parents may be eligible for a tax credit of over ten thousand dollars.

For Canadian readers, the average cost of an international adoption is about Can$20,000, including travel cost for two adults. But it's only a rough average, and varies up and down depending on the country and the number of trips needed, number of people travelling, services provided, dollar exchange rate, etc.

Two fees are a major part of your cost: the agency fee in Canada, and the foreign fee.

• Agency fee. You would generally pay half at the start and half on completing the adoption. The parts of the fee relating to time spent providing services would not be refundable.

• Foreign fee. Typically, you pay half when the match is made and half when the adoption is complete. This covers the foreign lawyer or agency's fee for translation, legal work, foster care, medical care and disbursements.

Then there are your expenses in Canada and abroad, such as air fare, hotel and meals.

A survey of the cost quoted in 2005 by Canadian adoption agencies showed that the range of costs for 25 countries is $10,000 to $35,000.

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High School

Can one adopt somebody that is 18 years old but is still a high school student?

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A person who has reached the age of eighteen in most states is considered an adult, however in Alabama and Nebraska the age would be 19 and in Mississippi and Pennsylvania the age would be 21, so in theory it is possible but not practical. The court would more than likely amend an adoption petition to one of legal guardianship unless there were mitigating circumstances. One such factor would be if the person were in some way disabled as defined by the state laws and/or SSA guidelines.

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In some states it's possible to do an adult adoption long after they turn 18.

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Is there a correlation between adopted persons and narcissism?

AnswerYes! Narcissism is the result of inadequate, chaotic or inconsistent "mirroring" in early life. "Mirroring" means: the many times every day when a stable consistent adult caregiver notices how a baby feels, cares for the baby, helps the baby and gives words for the baby's experience. When mirroring is absent, inconsistent or chaotic, the child does not learn how to know itself. The child's life becomes a constant effort to meet its own needs without regard to anything else. It is not their fault, yet their behavior is baffling, inconsistent and often painful or harmful to others.Adoption is ONE condition of many that can cause a disruption in the early mirroring process. There are other causes of this, but adoption is certainly one. An unending stream of nannies, emotional or physical parental absence (due to depression, drugs, deployment, etc) are others.Narcissists lack the capacity for self-reflection and empathy. It is a heart-wrenching condition and often more difficult for the family members that the narcissist.
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If you are under eighteen and have a child can your legal guardian put your baby up for adoption without your consent?

No. even if you are under the AGE of 18 YOU are still the legal guardian to this child. You cannot be forced to give your child up, nor can anyone else make the decision for you, UNLESS you are mentally unstable or will have your child at risk. then the child CAN be taken. But I must say, if you ARE under 18, you have to think of the best interest of this child. can you financially take care of this child.(VERY VERY VERY expensive) Will this babys father be there? could you give this child everything it needed? If there were any types of health problems with this child could you pay medical expenses and emotionally handle it? You have to look at the whole aspect of the situation. and if you are unsure about any answers to the previous questions then it would not hurt to look into adoption. There are sooo many(married, stable) families out there that would love to have a child but couldnt. And if you are not ready for a child, you could give the greatest gift to a family... a child... But good luck, and i hope i have helped!

No. I am under 18 and am pregnant. I have decided to give my baby a better home through adoption. However, it is MY decision. You guardians cannot make you do it. YOU are the one who signs the adoption papers and has the right over your child. Also, in many states if you are under the age of 18, and you are pregnant and unmarried, you're considered the only legal parent of the child. The birthfather only has rights if he supports you and somehow contributes to the baby or you during your pregnancy.

Your guardian may not be able to make the call, but if you are unable to provide or care for the child or fail to properly care for your child or if you are in currently in legal trouble (especially violence or drugs) the child may be taken by CPS after he/she is born.

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Can a woman adopt a child and her husband not have anything to do with the legality of it?

My answer would be No, but a single person can adopt with no problem. The married couple is looked at as one, and both have to agree. * No, fortunately. There is no court in the land that would allow an adoption under such circumstances. The idea of a child being placed in a home where only one of the individuals was agreeable to the idea is counterproductive to the entire purpose of adoption.

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What is the least expensive way to adopt your unborn nephew?

The least expensive way is to be sure that the mother is willing to give the baby to you for adoption. I don't know what the circumstances are or how young the mother is, but really think of this one. There are many things to consider: Just because the mother may be young she is still old enough to have a baby, and although she may not get the gigantic proportion of carrying a baby inside of her now, once she gives birth there will be a strong bond there. To pressure the mother at this point is cruel and taking advantage of someone in a bad situation. If you are all in agreement about the adoption just when do you think you will let your nephew (now your son) in on the secret? Most people blurt out, "Well, as soon as they are 18." I've seen some pretty angry 18 year olds and 20 - 40 year olds when they find that their parents could never bring themselves to tell them and then eventually they find out (and they will) they aren't their parents at all, but the sister of their mother that came around constantly and one the child had been calling an aunt. How messed up is that? Even typing this makes my head whirl. There are a lot of feelings going on here and all of you have to take it slow and easy. If the mother doesn't want the baby and is sure of it, then you are still going to have to go to a lawyer to sign all the papers. You can shop around for prices re lawyers like anything else. Whatever you do, don't sign just a piece of paper you have drawn up between the mother and you (won't stand up in a court of law) or have a good old hand shake on the deal. Remember, this unborn child is a person and that little person has no say in what is going on, so the mother and yourselves have to think long and hard about this one. You are shaping the life of another human being.

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The Twilight Saga

If you are 18 can you adopt a child?

In general you must be 21 years of age before even be considered a candidate for adopting or fostering a child. The actual process of adoption is much more complexed then simply be "old enough." There are some rare exceptions, which would be, someone under the age of 21 wanting to adopt their spouse's child/children. I'd also add that, apart from legal considerations, adopting often (always?) comes with significantly more issues than having a child biologically (which certainly has enough of its own!) ... while a minimum "age" may or may not be terribly important, having some years of perspective and life experience under your belt will serve you well. Don't rush into adoption!

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Women's Health

Can your parents make you give your baby up for adoption?

No they can not. In the case of being a minor parent the minors have the same rights as adults to decide.

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Can a parent disown an adult child?

Yes. That is typically accomplished by disinheriting that child in your Will.

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What is the process for adopting your wife's two boys if their real father has passed away?

I know for a fact you have to go down to court and protest that you want to adopt these children and then you and your wife have to go to juvenile court what you really need to do is call a lawyers office and find out how would you go about petition the adoption of these children that's just the best way to go about it I'm sure having a consultation with a lawyer wouldn't cost much or just ask whomever answers the phone do they know anything about adopting children after a remarriage and the death of the father

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What can you do if your parents adopt you without adoption papers?

In many cases when adoption papers haven't been signed this is a good indication that either someone in the family was pregnant with you and for reasons of their own could't look after you, so your adoptive parents took over. Even a friend of one of your adoptive parents. Most adoptions that are legal are in the records of that adoption agency and the papers are for protection purposes so that child can never be taken away from the adoptive parents. Please sit down with your parents and tell them you are old enough for the truth. Assure them you still love them, but you feel a large void in your life and you need to know who your real parents are so you can get on with your life. I doubt they will refuse, but if they do, you can either try to find out the adoption agency, or if this is too hard hire a detective to find out who your parents were. Good luck Marcy

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What are some important questions that adult adopties need to ask their birth parents?

Do you really love them? Did they give you way for a good reason like did they give you away cause they couldn't take care of you ? Do they ever think of how it would be if they keep you? Would they want you to me in there lives now? That is a extremely personal issue which only the individual involved in the situation should decide. One very important factor would be, obtaining the medical history. For instance if there is a family history of cancer or genetic/hereditary disease.

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Where is the adoption center in sims3?

There is no "center" - you use the phone, choose "services", then choose "adoption agency."

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Can your older sibling and their spouse adopt you?

Depending on the circumstances, yes, it is possible. Check with an adoption attorney or a social worker about your situation and the laws in your state.

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Baby Names

How can a mother legally adopt her daughter's friend?

The child must be available for adoption...that means the parental rights of the birth parents must be terminated legally. I have one friend who signed over her rights to someone else so that an adoption could take place.

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Citizenship and Marriage

Can a US citizen adopt a child who is in the US illegally?

Adopting an Illegal AlienGuardianship or adoption is only possible for a child who is under the age of 16-years when the action if filed. Before adoption is possible the child must have resides with the prospective parents for at least two years by order of the court or the permission of a jurisdictional government agency.

The best option is to consult with an attorney who is qualified in immigration law as to the possibility of adoption and/or the procedures required as they relate to the individual's circumstances.

Here is more input:

  • Yes and no. I believe that you would have to deal with the bureaucracy of both countries (the U.S. and the child's home country) first. The USCIS may grant temporary anti-deportation protection for the child but do not count on it.
  • It could be done under certain circumstances, but it would be a two-country "beaurocracy hell" in the beginning.
  • It depends what country you want to adopt the child from and to be honest, it's all about money. If you have enough money to sway certain people in certain countries you can adopt as many children as you want. Moscow and Asian countries are difficult to adopt from, but money talks. There is a lot of red tape involved and also a lot of time involved. I suggest you speak to a lawyer and prepare yourself before you start any adoption process.
  • Yes, if the child is residing in the U.S. he or she must be under the age of 16 and have no surviving parent or a single parent who has voluntarily relinquished parental rights. INA Section 101 (b)(1)(F), USC Section 1101(b)(1)(F).

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No, in order to adopt a kid here and give him a legal immigration status he needs to came here legally (with a green card) and then here in USA the parents needs to adjust his status to son of US citizen and then the kid will be citizen.

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Child Support

Can you adopt a child that you already have custody of if the mother doesn't want to give up her parental rights?

If you are not the biological father of the child then no the mother still retains her rights as the child's maternal mother and therefore can put a stop to you adopting her child.

In such cases the mother would have be proven enough of an unfit parent that her rights are legally stripped from her but that is very slim chance unless her behavior puts the child in danger.

Now once the child reaches a certain age (which is different in different states and countries) the child may decide they want you to adopt them and may choose to be adopted by you in which case the court would (usually) honor the child's decision and allow the adoption to proceed.

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How do you reverse an adoption in Oklahoma so you can live with your birth parents?

I am uncertain as to the specific laws in Oklahoma, but it is possible to reverse an adoption. Depending on the state you live in, the petition may be filed by the adoptee or the biological or adoptive parents. However, it is a lengthy and expensive process. You will have to check with the courts in your location for information on whether or not it is even possible to reverse adoption in your home state. Furthermore, you will almost certainly need a lawyer.

You must convince the court that you have a compelling reason for your request to reverse the adoption and, even then, the court may deny your request. It is the court's duty to decide whether or not the reversal would be in your best interest and, even if you disagree, they may decide that your adoption is in your best interest.

If your were adopted through foster care, then your birth parent's rights have been terminated; if you manage to reverse the adoption in that case you'll go back into foster care, and will almost certainly not go back with your birth parents.

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Artificial Insemination (Human)

How do gay people have children?

There are several options for gay people to have children. The most common are:

  • adoption
  • sperm donation
  • surrogacy
  • children from a previous relationship with the opposite sex
  • raising family members, such as nieces, nephews or younger siblings.
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