Compassionate Foster Care Adoption Attorney Provides Legal Assistance to LGBTQ+ and Other Couples in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
One of the avenues that some parents and families choose for adopting is to participate in the foster care system. Children in foster care are in need of stable, supportive, loving homes. While rewarding, permanently adopting a child in foster care is not always a guarantee, as the preference is to return children to their biological or legal parents when their parents can establish a safe and supportive living environment. If you are considering working with the foster care system, a foster care adoption attorney from Zavos Law can help guide you through the process.
Adopting from foster care involves a lot of options and requirements, and is not always a successful process. When you need help with a foster care adoption, call experienced Attorney Michele Zavos from Michele Zavos Law to get the legal assistance and advice you and your family need throughout the process.
Requirements for Foster Care Adoption in D.C. and Maryland
In Maryland, any adult is eligible to foster to adopt or to adopt from foster care provided they meet the following requirements:
The requirements for someone in the District of Columbia to be a foster parent or to adopt from foster care include:
What Is the Process of Seeking Foster Care Adoption?
Prospective parents can choose to get involved with the foster care system in Maryland or the District of Columbia in one of three ways:
The initial process of all three scenarios involves contacting your local CFS department, undergoing a home study, completing pre-foster/pre-adoption parenting classes, and submitting information to assess your financial and physical/medical ability to care for a child.
If you are approved to participate in the foster system, the next step involves waiting for a placement. In most cases, prospective parents do not need to wait long as there are always children in need of foster homes.
If you are fostering to adopt, the process of adoption can be long and is not always guaranteed. When children first enter the foster care system, the court usually sets a goal of reuniting the children with their biological or legal parents. Only if the parents voluntarily surrender their parental rights or after CFS petitions to terminate the parents’ rights due to abandonment or a demonstrated inability to parent will the child become free for adoption. However, it is just as likely that a child you are fostering will eventually go back to live with their parents.
Adopting from foster care is a much quicker process, as a child is only placed with prospective adoptive parents once their biological or legal parents’ rights have been terminated.
How Can a Foster Care Adoption Attorney from Michele Zavos Law Help You?
Caring for children in the foster care system can be highly rewarding, and there are several ways that prospective parents can get involved with the foster system. If you are considering adopting a child in foster care, foster care adoption attorney Michele Zavos can help you by:
Contact a Foster Care Adoption Attorney to discuss your legal rights and options and learn more about the adoption process.
If you and your family are considering adopting a child from foster care, reach out to Attorney Michele Zavos today to discuss your legal rights, options and eligibility for adoption and to learn more about the process of foster care adoption.