Author Archives: Janna J. Annest, J.D.

Adoption leave must be properly requested.

Adoption Leave: Your Legal Rights

Adoption Leave: Your Legal Rights

All about the Federal Family Medical and Leave Act: Who is eligible, what protections are provided, and how you can secure your leave.

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The Indian Child Welfare Act

Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act

Special rules may apply if a child you're adopting has any Native American or Alaskan Native heritage. Here's what prospective parents need to know about the Indian Child Welfare Act, and what steps to take if ICWA applies.

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Prospective parent preparing a domestic adoption budget

How Should Parents Budget for a Domestic Adoption?

What costs should you be prepared for in a domestic adoption? Our legal expert explains.

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What to consider when deciding independent vs agency adoption.

How Do I Find My Domestic Adoption Team?

Tips from an adoption lawyer on deciding between independent and agency adoption, and on hiring the right professionals.

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What you need to know when building nontraditional families.

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.

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The ICPC is an important part of the adoption process.

ICPC & Domestic Adoption

The ICPC aims to facilitate cooperation between states and to ensure the placement of children in safe and suitable homes.

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