Other Questions Birth Parents May Have About the Legal Process of Adoption
Do I need to tell my family about the adoption if I am under 18?
There is no legal requirement to inform a birth mother or birth father’s family about the adoption. However, family may offer a great deal of support, which is important for birth parents, particularly young birth parents.
What happens if my family opposes the adoption?
The only legal party who is able to oppose a birth mother’s decision to place a child for adoption is the birth father. The birth parent’s families cannot stop an adoption from occurring and have no role in the legal process. The only exception to this rule occurs within the United States’ Native American population, where separate rules apply.
Do I need to work with a lawyer or an agency?
There are many reasons it is advantageous for birth parents to work with a lawyer or an agency. The primary reason is that birth parents deserve someone who is concerned with their best interest and to insure their voices are heard and wishes are met. Both lawyers and agencies are able to provide education, resources, and support to birth parents, all of which is important during the process.
Will I have to pay for a lawyer or an agency?
Birth parents are not responsible for legal fees or agency fees. Adoptive parents are responsible for covering these costs.
If I’ve already signed the termination paperwork, can I change my mind?
A birth parent can change his or her mind about adoption up until the point that the parental rights have ended and an adoption decree has been instituted. This time will vary based on state, and may range from several days to several months.