While adoption is a critically important legal proceeding, prospective adoptive parents need not be alarmed by some of the horror stories in the media. With proper legal advice and careful planning by the adoptive parents, adoption is a wonderful way of building a family.
Individual circumstances differ in each adoption. However, it is vitally important that you adhere to state, federal, and foreign country laws in every situation. An adoption attorney can assist you in this process.
It is indeed fortunate that there is more than one legal and ethical way in which to accomplish an adoption. Both systems – the independent adoption system and the agency adoption system – serve legitimate purposes. Neither system is the right answer for every adoptive parent and every birth parent. The diversity of options promotes the welfare of society as a whole and of all the individual parties involved in an adoption.
Click to view each of these pages for more detailed information to consider about adoption in general and specifically in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia: