Adoption Requirements in New York

For many couples and single individuals, adoption may be the ideal option for starting or growing their families. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), as of September 30, 2017, there are 123,437 children and teens in foster care in the U.S. who are waiting to be adopted. 

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Legal Protections for Gestational Surrogacy

An outdated law that prohibits the formation of parenting contracts and exchange of payment between a gestational surrogate and new parents is the subject of a repeal effort. The Consolidated Laws of New York: Domestic Relations law states in Article 8, section 123 that “no person or other entity shall knowingly request, accept, receive, pay or give any fee compensation or other remuneration, directly or indirectly, in connection with any surrogate parenting contract, or induce, arrange or otherwise assist in arranging a surrogate parenting contract for a fee, compensation or other remuneration.” This legislation has also prevented parents of a child born through artificial insemination and gestational surrogacy to establish a legal relationship as mother and father to the child.
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Types of Adoption

When an individual or couple decides to adopt a child, it can be an emotional and exciting time. Many find themselves conflicted over what type of adoption is best for them and their family. Each family’s needs are unique and there are various adoption methods available to meet those needs under the law. Those looking to adopt a child should seek the guidance of a New York adoption lawyer who can help them find out which adoption type is best for their family and guide them through the adoption process.

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