Birth Family's Legal Rights after Adoption

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With the open adoption process becoming more common in the United States, the birth parents generally have more rights and access to the child after adoption. Other blood relatives, such as siblings or grandparents, may also have the ability to see their relative after an adoption.

  • ContentBirth Father Legal Rights When Child Adopted Out by Birth Mother

    The act of placing a child up for adoption without the full consent of both biological parents could lead to legal complications. If the father is not part of the process, he may need to contact the adoption agency to initiate his parental rights for the child.

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  • ContentBirth Parent's Visitation Rights after Adoption

    Generally, visitation with the birth parents is difficult unless the process was an open adoption rather than a closed one, and the visitation may still depend on the other parents that adopt the child. These situations require communication and a relationship between all parties before the child ever enters the picture.

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  • ContentBirth Parents' Rights after an Open Adoption

    The use of the open adoption provides the birth parents with more rights and access to the child in standards situations, but the mother and father will need to form a stronger bond with the adoptive parents to have a relationship with the youth as well. Rights are often sparse when adopting a child out to another family.

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  • ContentRights of Lineal Relatives After Adoption

    When a person is adopted, the legal relationship between that individual and birth parents and other individuals is altered. In many states, adoption creates new lineage that basically substitutes a person’s natural family for his or her adoptive family. Questions regarding the rights of extended family members to children who were adopted out of the family often arise in the will and estate area of law.

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  • ContentSiblings Separated by Adoption - Do They Have Visitation Rights?

    There is a federal mandate with placing siblings nearby or in some way that provides for visitation of the siblings in other households because of the need to foster relationships between these brothers and sisters. The federal mandate can ensure that even if the parents are no longer a part of these lives, the siblings can maintain a stronger relationship.

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  • ContentHow Does Adoption Affect My Paternal Rights?

    When the biological child of a father may go through an adoption, he or she is usually no longer considered the child of the previous man in the eyes of the law. Many fathers must give up their paternal rights to the youth once he or she goes through the adoption process, and this could cut him out of the young person’s life.

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  • ContentRelinquishment of Parental Rights and Adoption

    Relinquishment of parental rights or of the child usually occurs because the parents have some involvement in the removal of the children from the home or because the courts forcibly removed the rights of the parents. This can lead to a closed adoption process where there is little or no contact with the birth parents with the adoptive family.

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  • ContentUsing a Private Investigator to Look for Adopted Relatives

    When a child has been adopted and told about this, he or she may feel like an entire world of possibilities is missing from his or her life. The idea of blood relatives may play on the mind until something is done.

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