Adoption Laws

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Adoption law differs from state to state, and federal laws also affect many procedures connected with the adoption process. It's important that adopting and placing parents, as well as those searching for family members, learn what these laws allow and don't allow. If you have a question about the laws in your state, contact an Attorney familiar with adoption law in your area.

State Laws Concerning Adopting & Placing Parents & the Adoption Process

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Andi - 4 years ago
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I adopted my daughter when I was 15. She had been beat half to death by her mother. Now why are peopld coming up to me now and saying that the government is going to take her away from me and her father. We give that little girl the world. She is 4 years old is the most amazing thing that could ever happen to me #1
Patricia - 4 years ago
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Hi my name is Patricia, My younger brother and I were both put up for adoption when I was 2 and a when my brother was just almost a year old. We were in foster care for the next 5 years. I am so glad that we finally found a loving caring father. We've been apart of our adoptive for about 10 1/2 years now. My biological mother didn't care about us enough to want to change her life around so that she could keep us(her children) so then she got all these boyfriends who would beat me and my brother and then when people finally found out..she lost all parental rights of her children. It's been about 14 or 15 years and she hasn't changed a bit. My dream when I was a little girl like 2 years old was to have a family that would actually love my brother and I forever and would never leave us...My wish came true. My new dream is to never turn out like my stupid biological mother. So far I've got that accomplished. People treat your babies like I was their last day.Love them forever never leave! #2
Gabriel - 2 years ago
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It great guys. #3
al - 4 years ago
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would like to know how children that were not adopted can go through life using some one last name without adoption and use that last name to get jobs or do anything without proof of name change or adoption I have step brother #4
Bob - 2 years ago
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I was adopted and I want to know who my birth mother and father were. I am super sad. Like to this comment and subscribe to my youtube Channel Vannos Gaming Boooooooooom! #5

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