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What to know if you want to adopt in North Carolina

There are a lot of reasons that people choose adoption. Whatever your personal reason for wishing to adopt, there are certain things you need to know about the process. Depending on the route you choose, it can be an expensive and protracted process, taking many months or even years. However, if you are dedicated to expanding your family and have the resources, support and love to help an adoptive child perform to one's fullest potential, adoption can be a beautiful and rewarding decision. Many families or single people planning to adopt retain the services of a family law attorney.

What are requirements for adoptive parents?

Many people in North Carolina meet the requirements for adoption. One of the most important factors is lifelong dedication to the adoptive relationship. The child(ren) you adopt will be counting on you to help and guide them through their youth, adolescence, and adulthood. Adoptive parents may be married, single, divorced, or widowed. While financial stability is important to providing a safe and stable home environment, the state does not have minimum income requirement for adoptive parents. In fact, the state doesn't even require that you own your own home.

Many children available for adoption are older (such as teenagers), part of a sibling group that cannot be split, or special needs. Families that adopt special needs children may receive some benefits and assistance from the state of North Carolina, depending on the circumstances. These programs are in place to help children find loving homes. If you believe you can open your heart and your home to a child who is older than six years old, from another race, or who has a disability, adoption may be easier than you imagine.

How an attorney can help

An experienced attorney who practices family law understands the state law and process for adoption. They can guide you through all the requisite paperwork, home visits, and interviews. Working with an attorney can help make the process of adoption smoother and less stressful, which allows you to focus more fully on the child you're bringing into your life and home.

An attorney can also help you advocate for yourself and your child through any legal proceedings involved in your adoption process. Knowing that you have someone to guide you through this complex process can make it easier for you.

If you are seriously considering expanding your family by adoption in North Carolina, your first step should be to speak with an experienced family law attorney. The firm can help you determine if this decision is a wise one for your family and can help you start the process if you decide you're ready to provide a child with a loving home.

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