I have been looking around on different adoption agency websites and almost all of them I've seen have said you have to be married or a single women. I am over 18 and I have a stable income and an apartment. Could I adopt? Thanks
Yes, a single male or female can adopt in California with an approved home study. Private agencies may set their own restrictions, but the law does not prevent single people from adopting due to their status as a single person.See question
My husband would like to adopt my daughter and my ex wants to give up his parental rights so my husband can do so, is there a way we can go about this without going to court?
An uncontested step parent adoption requires one court hearing, the finalization hearing. Your husband may petition the court to appear by phone for that hearing.See question
My husband wants to adopt my son but I know that my son bio father will not sign over for this to happen. The bio father has not given me anything for child support and has only ever spent about 5 occasions with my son and hasn't seen or even atte...
You do not need to file an abandonment action before filing the adoption. File the step-parent adoption and if the biological father will not consent to the adoption or waive his rights to notice, you will file to terminate his rights based on abandonment as part of the adoption,See question
I am 60, and both of my natural parents and adopted parents have passed away. I was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of my adoptive father, and it is something I carried with me for the past 50 years. My adoptive mother passed away last week...
I am very sorry for your experience. Unfortunately, you cannot remove your adoptive father from your birth certificate for this reason. The only way to remove him is to be adopted by a person at least 10 years older than you. If a male adopts you, your adoptive mother's name may remain on your birth certificate as your mother if you choose, and the new adoptive father's name would be on your birth certificate as your father. In California, the court filing fee is only $20, and the only other cost would be attorney fees to prepare and file the adoption documents. Because an adult adoption does not require a home study, you save on the expense there. You may file in California if you or your new adoptive parent lives here now.See question
I am her legal guardian for over a year already. I am single. She is 4 years old. Her biological parents do not see her or frequent her at all. They both are willing to sign the papers so that I can adopt her.
You will need to file an adoption petition, terminate parental rights, and complete a home study to adopt your niece. As both parents are willing to consent and this is relative adoption, the social worker assigned to your adoption can take their consents. If your guardianship was through a dependency action (where the child was removed by social services) the same court can do the adoption and the home study and the adoption should not cost you. If the guardianship was done through probate, you will need to file the adoption in family court. The home study is expensive but there are ways to reduce the fees.See question
My wife has a son from a previous relationship. The kid is 3yrs and 6months now. The biological father is not in the birth certificate and has not been around ever since the child was born. I started dating my wife when the child was 5 months old ...
With all adoptions of minor children, notice must be given or attempted to the biological parent. So, you may proceed with a stepparent adoption, but you must notice the biological father if he can be found.See question
I have no children and widowed
Yes, as long as you and the young woman to be adopted both consent, you may complete an adult adoption. In Orange County, you will need to prepare the forms to be filed with the court. There is a $20 filing fee and the adoption should be finalized within 3-4 months of filing the adoption request.See question
My child is in special education and is just starting in this system. We have never been in agreement with the placement the school district has decided and have always contested it, so we had an arrangement in play that was only temporary . Now, ...
Stay put is implemented when due process has been filed and the stay put placement is the last consented to IEP. If you never consented to an IEP, there is no stay put placement, You could make an argument stay put is the last agreed upon placement, which is the temporary placement you and the district agreed to. However, if you never consented to an IEP, this really will not likely be resolved until you reach a mutual agreement or prevail at a due process hearing. You may be able to ask for and independent education evaluation (IEE) if you disagree with the district's assessments. You also may give the district ten day notice you intend to unilaterally place your child in a non-public school and seek reimbursement from the district. Then if you succeed at the due process hearing, you may be entitled to reimbursement, You will need an experienced special education lawyer to assist you with a due process case as it is a complicated and specialized area of law. Good luck.See question
I was unable to have children so my husband and I asked a mutual friend if they would act as surrogate. The friend said yes and we had a healthy baby girl. Our daughter is now 11. The mutual friend has been extremely active in our daughter's life,...
Yes, in California, the law allows for more than two parents. So your friend could file a third parent adoption and both you and your husband would retain your parental rights. However, your friend cannot do a step-parent adoption because she is not married to a birth parent. A stepparent adoption is available for a step-parent adopting the child of his or her spouse. Also, step parent adoptions do require a home investigation, which is less expensive and less comprehensive than other adoptions. Your friend would have to complete a full home study. There are ways to save money by getting a pre-certified home study. You also possibly could file a maternity action so she could be a third parent, depending on the facts.See question
I'm 21 years old and I grew up with my biological mother and my stepfather. They didnt get offically married so my stepdad and I arent legally related. However, he has stated that he would like me to adopt me so that I could take on his last name....
Yes, your stepfather may adopt you as an adult. It requires an agreement and filing an adult adoption petition in court. Depending on the county you reside in, there may be court forms you can use to file the adoption yourself. Otherwise, you will need a lawyer to draw up the petition and agreement. There is no requirement for a home study or consent by your birthparents. However, if you or your stepfather are married, you will need to file spousal consents. Congratulations. Adult adoption are very special.See question