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We've put together a great page of resources about adoption and your legal rights. With downloadable handouts and information about the legal aspects of adoption, suggested books to read or share with a friend, honest answers to your questions from attorneys and other parents/experts, and more, make this your first source for adoption preparation.

Do you have a legal question for our experts? Send us your query now, and we may answer it in an upcoming issue of the magazine!

Featured article

Adoption Law:
At the Hospital

by Peter J. Wiernicki, Esq.


An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child's birth when you adopt domestically.
When parents adopt domestically, their family's beginning is often at a hospital--where they meet their newborn son or daughter for the first time. This "hospital experience" is an important part of the family's adoption story...read more or download PDF

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ADOPTION LAW
The Federal Adoption Tax Credit, Explained
About the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
Is Open Adoption Right for Your Family?
Sample Agreement and Order for Contact and Communication Courtesy of Janna J. Annest
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Birthfathers: The Forgotten Half of the Story
Finally Final


MORE FROM THE AF ARCHIVES
Health Insurance for Adopted Children
Why your health insurance company must cover your children

U.S. Readoption Explained
When you adopt under the laws of another country

The Legalities of Foster Care
Your questions about family reunification, financial assistance, and more, answered
Independent Adoption
You'll need an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process.
Birthfathers' Legal Rights
What should you know about birthfathers' rights before pursuing a domestic adoption?

Why Hire an Adoption Attorney?
What to Ask Before Hiring an Adoption Attorney


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM AF EDITORS
Families by Law: An Adoption Reader
Somebody's Child: Stories from the Private Files of an Adoption Attorney
Adopting in Russia: Your Rights and the Law



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Attorney Hiring: Getting Started
From AF's Adoption Guide: state-by-state directory of adoption attorneys, more tips on hiring an attorney, downloadable attorney worksheet.
AAAA: American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
A national association of approximately 330 attorneys who practice in the field of adoption law.
Human Rights Campaign
Contains information about adoption by gay and lesbian couples.


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