considering adoption, it’s important to understand who is involved. Who are the key players
in any adoption? What are the rights of those involved in an adoption?
There are three main players – they’re a power playing trio:
birth parents, the child and the adoptive parents.
Professionals assisting in the adoption are held to an ethical standard
in order to ensure that the rights of each of the three players are protected
throughout the entire process. But what are the rights of the three main
players? Here is a short summary for each.
Birth Parents have the right not to be coerced into giving their child up for adoption.
They have the right to consult with an independent attorney of their own
choice. They have a right to be informed of the legal consequences of
voluntary surrender or involuntary termination of parental rights to a
child. They have the right to certain services once the child is placed
for adoption, such as counseling. They have the right to information about
current adoption issues, laws and practices.
Adoptive Parents have rights to certain disclosures: information about the child and birth
family, family medical history and list of medications taken by the birth
mother during pregnancy, etc. Adoptive parents also have the right under
federal law to take unpaid leave from work after the adoption (Family
and Medical Leave Act). According to the Act, the adoptive parents can
take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in order to assist the adopted child
in adjusting to their new home.
Adopted Child has the same legal rights in their adopted family as a biological child
of the family. They also have the right to a safe home with parents who
care for them and provide for them.
adopted children will later wish to discover and contact their “birth parents.”
The ability to do so will depend upon the type of adoption, agreements
put in place regarding openness at the time of the adoption and state
law. A combination of factors can leave some adopted children seeking
birth parents to find them with little hassle, but others fighting against
impossible odds to get even the smallest bit of information.
If you have questions about the adoption or if you need help determining
your rights in the adoption process, please get in touch with the Arizona
adoption lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys. We can help you with
your concerns and assist you with your adoption.