The ABA Consumer Guide to Adopting a Child: Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Adoption.
Kasky, Robert A.
xiii, 106 p.
ABA Center on Children and the Law
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-662-1755 800-285-2221
Intended for prospective adoptive parents, this guide explains the process of adoption, the risks involved, and strategies parents can use during the process. Chapters 1 and 2 review the basics of adoption and parties to the adoption. It is explained that the interests of the child come first during all adoption proceedings and reviews the risks faced by prospective adoption families in the adoption of a newborn. The motivations of birth parents are discussed, as well as their possible substance abuse and other difficulties. Chapter 3 discusses who may adopt and Chapter 4 describes the differences between open and closed adoptions. Services provided by adoption agencies and attorneys to adoptive parents are reviewed in Chapter 5, and Chapter 6 explains how parents can effectively work with an adoption agency. Chapters 7 and 8 describe services provided to birth parents by agencies and the risks of adoption. The home study is explained in Chapter 9, and Chapter 10 discusses steps agencies take in matching families with the birth parents. Chapters 11 and 12 consider how families should weather the waiting period and the birth of the child. Securing the consent to adopt from the birth parents and possible scenarios during the period of time after delivery and consent but before the birth mother is discharged from the hospital are discussed in Chapters 13 and 14. Final chapters discuss the discharge of the baby from the hospital and finalizing the adoption. Each chapter contains tips for prospective adoptive parents.
adoption; newborn infants; guidelines; adoption process; birth parents; VOLUNTARY RELINQUISHMENT; OPEN ADOPTION; CLOSED ADOPTION