26 Oct Half of adoptions in the U.S. are between related parties.
People adopt for a wide variety of reasons, infertility being among the most common. About half of adoptions in the United States are between related individuals, such as in a “step-parent adoption” where the new spouse of a parent adopts a child from their husband or wife’s previous relationship.
When can the adoption process begin? The mother of a baby may consent no sooner than 48 hours after the child’s birth. A man may sign an affidavit disclaiming any interest in the child at any time after the first trimester. But if a man is the biological father and married to the mother, he may not consent until 48 hours after the child’s birth.