WHAT’S INSIDE Who must be included in the home studyAgency or person conducting the study Qualifications for adoptive parents Elements of a home study Grounds for withholding approvalWhen studies must be completed Postplacement study requirements Exceptions for stepparent or relative adoptionsRequirements for interjurisdictional placementsFoster to adopt placementsSummaries of State lawsTo find statute information for a… [read more]
NJ ARCH has created a useful handbook to help you with your adoption needs. This easy-to-read 34-page handbook covers issues in adoption including: lifelong adoption, behavioral and developmental needs, and adoption resources. To view and print an electronic, PDF version of this handbook, please click on the handbook cover to the left. If you would like to… [read more]
As discussion of the adoption process becomes more open and accepted in American society, and as more Americans have experience with adoption, there is also more attention focused on those involved in adoption—the adopted person, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents (often referred to as the adoption triad or the adoption constellation). This fact… [read more]
Adoptive parenthood, like other types of parenthood, can bring tremendous joy—and a sizable amount of stress. This fact sheet explores some of the emotional ups and downs that adoptive parents may experience as they approach the decision to adopt, during the adoptive process, and most importantly, after the adoption.
This fact sheet discusses some of the emotional issues that parents may face after making the decision to place an infant for adoption, in surrendering the child, and in handling the feelings that often persist afterwards. It may be a helpful resource for birth parents as well as family members, friends, and others who want… [read more]
Many State legislatures have enacted legislation to address infant abandonment and infanticide in response to a reported increase in the abandonment of infants. Beginning in Texas in 1999, “Baby Moses laws” or infant safe haven laws have been enacted as an incentive for mothers in crisis to safely relinquish their babies to designated locations where… [read more]
Intercountry adoption continues to be an option for parents who choose to adopt. This fact sheet provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process. Depending on your State, your adoption services provider, and the country from which you adopt, the steps in this adoption process may vary and may change over time. For example, some… [read more]
The number of youth who age out of foster care has risen steadily over the past decade, even in the wake of increased efforts to achieve permanence for all children in foster care. For far too many youth, aging out of care results in homelessness, work instability, and a lack of stable, loving relationships with… [read more]