Although the adoption of a child involves one or two adults formally acquiring guardianship and parental rights over a child, at Berg, Debele, Desmidt & Rabuse, we have seen that the circumstances under which an adoption occurs can be very different. These differences can dictate the legal strategies that are required to ensure that the adoption is successful.
There are so many loving Minnesota families with room for a child, and many of these families are actually looking for a child to adopt right now. For those who are looking to adopt, there is no better time than now. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Service, there are currently 489 children in our state's group homes, foster homes, residential treatment facilities and emergency shelters. These children are looking for adoptive parents who they can call "mom" and "dad."
If you're considering adoption, you may be very interested to see just how common this is and how it typically occurs. These key stats can help show you some of the more recent trends that could impact your decision.
Adoption is a major moment in any parent's life, as well as the life of the adopted child. However, some people may not consider the legal proceedings that entail this loving moment. Adoption is, after all, the legal act of transferring the rights of a biological parent to the adoptive parent. As such, this is a very serious decision and one that should not be taken lightly.
In our last post we started a discussion about the basics of adopting a child in Minnesota. Once an individual or a couple decides to adopt a child, there are a lot of steps that need to be taken. One of the most important (and often the most stressful) parts of the adoption process is the adoption home study. This process is required by a court in order to complete an adoption locally or internationally.
Although we most commonly think of adoption as the process of adopting a child through an agency, adoption comes in many different forms. A stepparent may adopt his or her spouse’s child. Grandparents may end up adopting their grandchild. Someone may make an agreement with a family they know to adopt a newborn child. There are many categories of people who may be looking to adopt a child in order to grow their family.
Adopting a child or giving one up for adoption are clearly matters that have to do with Minnesota family law. However, most states don't have statutes specifically outlawing fraud in adoption.
One of the raging debates about television is whether it is art reflecting life or whether it shapes culture in a way such that life winds up reflecting the art. We don't know the answer. What we do know is that too often, things we see on television cast important aspects of everyday life in a bad light and that can be bad.
Every child deserves a loving family. Unfortunately, not every child is born into one. Sometimes, a child gets relegated to orphan status or is left to the foster care system because parents are either unable to meet their needs. Sadly, there are times when a child born with special needs winds up in the system because their parents just don't want them.
Every state in the union, including Minnesota, has its own laws regulating adoptions. We attempted to provide some clarity on this point in our post last week. The reflection in that item centered on how some things have changed, largely within the context of the social view of things, regarding this issue. At the same time, some things still remain the same.