Pros and Cons of Private Adoptions
Our Nevada Adoption Attorney Explains
Private adoptions, also referred to as independent adoptions, may be the best fit for you and your family. However, there are pros and cons to consider. Our law firm is always up to date on any Nevada adoption laws that could affect your adoption, whether you choose to use an agency or pursue adoption privately. Nevada adoption attorney Eric A. Stovall has been helping adoptive families realize their goals since 1995, and he has been practicing law for over 25 years.
Pros of Private Adoptions
Private adoptions can be a wonderful way to fulfill your dream of adopting. There are many reasons adoptive parents choose this path. You may have more control and freedom in choosing the child you adopt. Many times, private adoptions take place when the birth parents and adoptive parents know one another or are associated through common acquaintances. You may already have a relationship with the parents and the child you intend to adopt. Further, you can decide how much contact you want to maintain once the adoption is complete. Some families choose to remain in close contact and build a relationship between the adopted child and his/her birth family.
Adoptive parents who do not meet agency criteria can adopt privately. Parents must meet several criterions to adopt through an agency. Depending on the agency itself, these requirements vary significantly. However, if an agency turned you down, that does not mean you cannot adopt. Private adoptions allow the adoptive and birth parents to establish more flexible criteria.
Cons of Private Adoption
If you are considering going through independent, or private, channels to adopt, then you should consider some of the potential negative aspects. Court processes can be long and complex. They are completely dependent on the specific circumstances of your adoption as opposed to the fairly cut and dry process of agency adoptions, which are all handled essentially the same way.
Private adoptions generally have fewer middlemen; therefore, the fees paid for the adoption itself may be lower. However, this can be misleading because the overall expense of a private adoption is unpredictable. In addition to legal and medical expenses, adoptive parents can pay living and counseling expenses for the birth mother. The cost of medical expenses alone can be very high, especially if the birth mother does not have health insurance or Medicaid coverage. Our Nevada adoption lawyer can handle your private adoption, evaluate your situation and provide a recommendation as to which type of adoption is best suited to your needs.
Even if you move forward with a private adoption, you will still need the assistance of a licensed, Nevada adoption agency for some aspects of the adoption.
Looking for an Attorney That Handles Private Adoptions in Nevada?
Our website provides a wealth of information about adoption in general. However, adoption is a complex and intricate legal process. It is also a very personal and emotional journey for adoptive parents and birth parents alike. Contact our Nevada adoption lawyer to discuss your options today. Our offices are in Reno and Las Vegas; however, our clients live throughout the state. We have worked with countless families in many different situations. We can answer your adoption questions and help guide you into a successful adoption scenario.
Eric is a Reno adoption and surrogacy attorney dedicated to protecting Nevada families and helping them grow. If you are considering the adoption of a child, using a surrogate, or becoming a surrogate, contact us to learn how to get started.