If you are a birthparent and you are considering adoption for your child,
it will probably not be easy to come to a final decision. There’s
no way for anyone else to know exactly what is right for you and your
child or to make the decision for you. What can be useful is information.
If you are considering adoption as a birth parent, you should know exactly
what your legal rights are when it comes to the adoption process. The
more informed your decision is regarding adoption, the more comfortable
and peaceful the entire process will be for you, the child, and the adoptive
parents you’ll be working with.
A Quick Rundown of
Birthparent Rights in Adoption:
- No birthparent should be coerced into choosing adoption for their child.
You have the legal right to NOT be coerced.
Birthparents have a legal right to written information about alternatives
to adoption, different
types of adoption, current adoption issues, practices and laws.
- Birthparents have the right to participate in the creation of service plans/adoption
plans designed to meet the needs of those involved in the adoption. You
also have the right to receive a copy of the plan.
- You have the right to receive a copy of any paperwork you are asked to
sign during the adoption process.
- You have the right to legal representation of your own during the adoption process.
Any birthparent considering adoption should seek information about the
process, the alternatives, and how each will affect them and/or the child
in the future. Adoption, in and of itself, has many variations according
to the modern legal framework governing the process. Some will suggest
that before you consider information specific to adoption (i.e. open vs.
closed, adoption plan possibilities, etc.) that you must decide whether
or not adoption is right for you. In some cases, this may be the simplest
way to go about the process of making the decision. But for others, it
can be very useful to seek information about adoption immediately.
It may be easier to make the decision when the possibilities available
through adoption are all on the table. In the past, a majority of adoptions
were closed. This meant that birth parents had no contact with the adoptive
family and extremely minimal involvement in the process of the adoption
itself. While birth parents can still request this type of adoption, most
adoptions today are what is referred to as “open adoptions.”
The open adoption allows contact between the child, adoptive families
and birth parents. The form and frequency of contact vary greatly. It
is determined by the birth parents and the adoptive parents at the time
of the adoption. This drastically increases the realm of possibility for
birth parents considering adoption and is therefore applicable in the
very early stages of the decision making process.
If you have questions or concerns or simply need someone educated in the
Arizona adoption process to discuss your options with please get in touch with
Arizona Family Law Attorneys. We can answer your questions and address your concerns so you have what
you need to make an informed decision about your child’s future.