Adoption is a great option for many couples or individuals looking to grow their families. Adoption can seem like a daunting process but it can be greatly simplified with the help of an attorney.
The first thing many people who are considering adoption want to know is: who can adopt in North Carolina? In North Carolina, you must be at least 18 years-old to adopt a child. You must be at least 21 years-old to become a foster parent. You do not have to be married to adopt a child in North Carolina. Adoptive parents can be single, married, widowed, or divorced. They can also be same-sex couples or LGBTQIA individuals thanks to Obergefell v. Hodges. The state cares more about the quality of the life an individual can provide a child than marital status. It is important to note; however, that if you are married you cannot adopt without your spouse. This is true even if you and your spouse have separated but not yet divorced. Likewise, if you are unmarried, you cannot adopt with another individual. These rules exist to protect the interests of the child in the event of a split between adoptive parents.
To begin the adoption process in North Carolina, the prospective parent(s) must fill out an application. This is typically done through an adoption agency or attorney’s office depending on the type of adoption. After the couple or individual receives initial approval, a North Carolina approved social worker must complete a home study. During this study, the social worker must find that the home is a safe environment for the child. It is also the social worker’s job to make an evaluation of whether the prospective parent(s) would be loving and responsible. The final step in the adoption process is to have the adoption finalized by a judge.
If you have questions about the adoption process in North or South Carolina, our attorneys are happy to assist you. At King Law, we understand the importance of family. We also love having the opportunity to assist children in gaining safe and loving homes. Call us today at (888)748-5464.