Laws regarding the legal act of adoption vary widely both internationally and from state to state. There are many intricacies involved with adopting a person under the age of 18. Permanently placing a minor in the custody of a person or persons other than their birth parents has so many laws and regulations involved in order to protect all parties involved, especially the child.

If you are looking to adopt, you may want to consider private legal counsel to help you navigate all of the different legislation in addition to working with an adoption agency. We have all heard of the heartbreaking stories where parents had thought they were the legal guardians of a child, only to find that their birth parents in fact still have a claim on them. Separating family members is always difficult, and we like to help people avoid situations like these whenever possible.