ADOPTIVE PARENTS 2017-10-20T15:41:32+00:00

Are you looking to adopt a baby? The adoption process can be confusing and overwhelming at times, but we can help! Start here to browse through topics that adopting parents may be interested in learning about and then CONTACT US to learn more and get started.

Adopting a Baby

Some may say adoption is so hard to accomplish, and others don’t see it that way. For some a glass will always be half empty. Knowing what you seek is very important at the time you consult with an attorney. You or you and your spouse need to be in full agreement about what you seek, including: newborn or older child, acceptance of drugs, acceptance of other races, amount of money you are willing to spend, and how far you will search (are you willing to pursue an interstate adoption or do you need to remain in Kentucky for financial reasons). Discuss your preferences before making an appointment to talk to Carolyn or any other adoption attorney.

Finding a Birth Mother

Some attorneys will serve as a “birth mother locator service.” If they do, there will be a charge for such service. If you prefer a case only in Kentucky, you can be your own primary locator “hound.” It will most likely be less expensive, and may be more to your liking.

Adoption Home Study/Home Investigation

Each person wishing to adopt must submit certain personal information, as well as information about your home. In Kentucky, there are two ways to proceed. If you are working with an attorney in an Independent Adoption, you will need a Home Investigation. It is less in depth and less expensive. If you are working with an agency to locate the baby, you need an Adoption Home Study which is more expensive, time consuming and detailed. If you are doing an Interstate adoption, whether you need an Independent or a Home Study depends on whether you are working with an attorney or an agency in the sending state. You should discuss this with your attorney, too. The baby’s second birth certificate will list your names as the parents of the baby.

Single Parent Adoption

A single parent adoption is no different than an adoption with two parents – whether it be a Home Investigation or a full blown Home Study. All persons living in your home must be included in the Home Investigation or Home Study, whether it is your parent(s), other children, or a friend. The new birth certificate will list only you as the parent.

Same Sex Couple

There is no difference between the work done for a same sex couple and heterosexual couple, whether it is a Home Investigation or Home Study. Your worker will ask for a copy of your marriage certificate, and the birth certificate will read Parent #1 and Parent #2.

Transracial Adoption

There is no issue in either adopting as a transracial couple or a couple adopting across racial lines, also known as a “transracial adoption.” Birth certificates are as any other birth certificate.

Intrastate Adoption

In an Intrastate adoption, both the placing and receiving parents are from the same state. If you want to spend less money on an adoption, stay in your own state. You will need only one agency, an attorney for you and one for the birth parents, as well as an attorney for the baby in court. (That attorney is court appointed.)

Interstate Adoption

In an Interstate adoption, the placing parents reside in a different state from the receiving parents. Typically, the birth parents/placing parents will sign Consents of the state in which the adoptive parents reside, as it is easier for the Judge and court to show compliance if using the law of the receiving state.

Stepparent Adoption

The law requires that the parent actually be married to the Step-Parent in order to do such an adoption. While there is no actual home study, there is an interview with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services after you have obtained background checks from all states in which you have lived in the last 10 years. It is also a requirement that the other biological parent of the child consent to someone else stepping into their shoes and becoming the parent to the child. This means that the length of time required is somewhat dependent on you and how quickly you do the work, as well as having the relinquishing biological parent sign a Consent.

Adult Adoption

This is probably the easiest of the adoptions as there is no investigation nor any permission required. It is a matter of an attorney writing the documents and filing them in court. The hearing is likewise very short. There is no additional attorney required to represent the interests of the adult adoptee.

Family Adoption

This is also an easy kind of adoption as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is involved only peripherally if it is an immediate blood relative within 3 degrees of blood relation. An example might be a sister placing with a sister or brother and spouse.