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.
Change is said to be the only thing that is certain in life. Some things may change faster than others, but transformation is inevitable. Adoption in Minnesota is no less subject to that reality than any other facet of life. And yet, as much as things may be changing, there are still some things that remain the same.
Pope Francis is on the record as saying, "Who am I to judge?" His query was made in the context of the question of how to address the issue of same-sex orientation among the Roman Catholic clergy. A lot of people hailed his comment as reflecting solid Christian values. A lot of others decried it as flying in the face of church doctrine.
Adding a new member to the family through an adoption is a very momentous and emotional thing for a parent. There are all sorts of strong emotions and desires a parent may feel in connection to an adoption. One is a strong desire to give their new child as good of life as possible. Thus, one thing many adopting parents may be very concerned about is meeting all of their newly adopted child's needs.