Adoption: What You Need to Know - Part 2 | Tessmer Law Firm
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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.