How Long Does the Adoption Process Take?

child-830725_960_720Many times I am asked by perspective adoptive parents, “How long is this going to take?” The honest answer is it depends. There’s a lot of paperwork that’s involved. There is a home study that is involved, and once we get the documents into the court, it’s hard to know what the courts dockets are like or if they are backlogged. We try to do everything as expediently as possible. What you need to do is get it to the court, and follow through with anything else the court needs.

It can take up to a year, sometimes it can actually take even less time than that.

Sometimes, believe it or not, longer than a year depending on which court you go to. It’s a hard question to answer. The most important thing is to get the documents done and into court so that you’re on the track to get the adoption finalized.

There are problems that may arise that can slow down the adoption process, especially if the adoption is an international adoption. In these situations, there may be issues such as dealing with the country you are adopting the child from that may take some extra time. Even domestic adoptions can run into complications just due to circumstances that may arise but this is no reason to decide against adopting a child. There are a lot of different ways to go about adopting a child and if you are interested in going down that route, we would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

If you are in need of legal counsel, please contact The Penichet Firm and we will be happy to assist you in your family and criminal law matters.