Adoption In North Carolina

Adopting a child is a tremendous responsibility that should never be taken lightly. In North Carolina, you must strictly adhere to the laws in order to accomplish a legal adoption.

There are two types of adoptions in North Carolina, private adoptions and agency adoptions. The statutory procedures for private adoption or agency adoption will differ. The adoption process will permanently sever the relationship between the child and his or her biological parents and their families. An adoption begins by filing a Petition for Adoption. A party wishing to file a Petition for Adoption must also provide the following documents:

  1. A pre-placement assessment
  2. The consent to adopt from the natural, biological parents
  3. An affidavit from the biological mother indicating the names, known addresses and marital status of the biological parents
  4. The certified copy of the background information on the adoptee-child's health, social, educational and genetic history, which is provided by his or her biological parent(s) or by the adoption agency placing the child up for adoption
  5. Any court order or pleading regarding the adoptee-child's custody or visitation
  6. An affidavit accounting for any payment made in connection with the adoption
  7. The document identifying any individual whose consent to the adoption is required and had not been obtained at the time your petition for adoption was filed

Once a the petition is filed, notice must be served on any individual whose consent to the adoption is required by law and whose consent had not been obtained at the time the Petition was filed. The court will then set a hearing date on your adoption petition within 90 days. If the adoption takes place by consent, and the court finds the adoptive parent fit and proper, there will be no need for a hearing.

A mistake during the adoption process could cost you money and waste valuable time, not to mention the heartache. Working with the Family Law attorneys at Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC, means you will have decades of combined experience and knowledge on your side.

What is involved with a step-parent adoption?

Adopting a step-child can be an emotional and joyful time in your life. However, the adoption process is complex and can be difficult to navigate on your own.

In order for a step-parent to become a legal parent, the other biological parent's rights need to be terminated. Termination can occur when the other biological parent voluntarily terminates his or her parental rights. This does not mean the biological parent will stop having a relationship with the child.

In some cases, you will need to pursue legal action to terminate that person's parental rights so you can become the legal parent of the children.