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Category Archives: adoption

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What to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Stepparent adoptions are where a stepparent wants to adopt their new spouse’s child, while the spouse maintains his or her legal rights. Stepparent adoptions can involve minor children, but they can also involve children who have already turned 18. Differentiating Between Adult, Second Parent, and Stepparent Adoptions Depending on the circumstances, a stepparent adoption… Read More »

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Different Types of Adoptions

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Adoption is one of the ways you can choose to bring a child into your life. If you’re considering adoption, it’s important to do research and understand what options are available to you. In the United States, you have several choices, including whether you want to adopt a child domestically or one from another… Read More »

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Virginia State Adoption Assistance Program

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For parents who are considering adopting a child who is currently in foster care in Virginia, there may be some benefits available. Policies regarding adoption subsidies are primarily dependent on what state the child was in foster care before he or she was adopted. What is the Adoption Assistance Program? Also known as an… Read More »

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Indian Child Welfare Act and How It Relates to Foster Care and Adoptions

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If you’re considering fostering a child or starting an adoption that involves a child of Native American descent, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and how differently these situations are handled. What is the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) The ICWA was enacted in 1978 to establish minimum… Read More »

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Virginia Passes Equal Family Leave for Adoptive Parents

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The Commonwealth of Virginia now offers six weeks of adoption leave to state employees that adopt a child younger than twelve months. This is equal to the amount of maternity leave extended to birth mothers. Introduced by state senator David R. Suetterlein (R- Roanoke), the adoption leave benefit bill (originally Senate Bill 1412) passed… Read More »

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Birth Parent Rights in a Virginia Adoption

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Placing a child for adoption is a difficult decision, but it may be the greatest gift you can give to your child. Virginia has laws in place to protect all parties involved in an adoption case, including the birth parents. This post provides a general overview of the rights and responsibilities of the birth… Read More »

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Adopting a Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you married someone with children, you may have considered formally adopting your stepchildren. You probably don’t consider them to be your “stepchildren” at all; as far as you are concerned, they are already yours. Adoption is a wonderful way to show your stepchildren how much they mean to you and solidify a strong… Read More »

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Adopting in Virginia: A Complex Process

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

According to the most recent data provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, just over 130,000 children were legally adopted between 2007 and 2008. Virginia adoptions accounted for nearly 3,000 of those cases. The United States has a long history of adoption and in 1851, Massachusetts passed the first modern era… Read More »

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Contested Adoptions: How It Happens And How To Protect Your Rights

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Adopting a child is a wonderful way for parents to share their love with children deserving of a loving, caring home. Whether parents wish to adopt because they have room in their hearts and homes for another child or they are unable to have biological children of their own, adoption benefits the needs of… Read More »

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