“Adopting one child won’t change the world:
But for that child, the world will change.”
Adoption expenses vary widely from case to case. While there is little to no cost associated with public agency adoptions (adopting a child in foster care), costs for domestic or international adoptions can vary greatly depending on several factors. There are also many financial resources that those looking to adopt may be able to utilize including adoption grants and loans, employer-provided adoption benefits.and the adoption tax credit (if deemed eligible).
As basic qualifications set forth for adoption, the law dictates that to adopt one must be at least 18 years of age and also at least 10 years older than the child to be adopted. In terms of the qualification process, all persons who wish to adopt a child in New Jersey must meet certain requirements under New Jersey law to demonstrate that they are fit and suitable parents for a child. The process includes a formal assessment known as an adoption home study to ensure that the prospective adoptive parents can provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for a child. The home study entails:
Yes. In New Jersey, as part of the adoption process, adoptive parents are required to file a Complaint for Adoption in one of the following counties:
The petition then culminates in a court appearance by the attorney, the adoptive parents, and the child.