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Familiarize yourself with complicated adoption issues beforehand

Adoption is a very exciting time for any hopeful parent. You are seeking to provide a home to a child in need, while enriching your own life with the love of a child. However, whether you are a parent or grandparent seeking to adopt, this process, while thrilling, can be very complicated. There are a number of legal issues that could occur that could prevent you from achieving your dream to adopt, so you need to be familiar with these issues before, or soon after, the adoption process begins.

Common adoption problems in South Carolina involve eligibility requirements, pre-placement inspection and review, and renunciation of the parents' rights. You must make sure that you are eligible to adopt, that your home is suitable for a child and that the child's parents have either voluntarily ceded their rights or the court has suspended their parenting rights. Furthermore, complications could arise when siblings refuse to part, or when relatives of the child later decide that they want to adopt the child on the grounds that they had not been informed that the child's parents had lost or ceded their parental rights.

If any of these issues apply to your situation, or potentially apply, then you may be in need of legal support. Additionally, if you are adopting a child with special needs, then special requirements will apply to the adoption process. If you or your spouse are in the military, then you may also encounter unique steps in the process. These circumstances may require a lawyer to help you understand the requirements and avoid unnecessary problems.

Lastly, many people assume that adoption agencies are all credible. However, some organizations traffic children from foreign countries illegally. Others may engage in other illegal practices. Thus, a law was put forth in July 2014 to require all adoption agencies in the U.S. to submit to a federal review. It is vital to investigate whether the adoption agency you are using has passed this review. If the answer is not readily apparent, a family law lawyer may be able to help you find out.

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