Sibling Group Adoption: Everything You Need to Know Before You Adopt
Adoption in its purest form is an act of love that gives children membership into a new family. It is a highly regulated process that helps ensure the protection of the child to be adopted.
Frequently, it is not just one child but siblings who are the subjects of potential adoption. When this is the case, adoptive parents need the assistance of legal counsel to ensure a smooth process that benefits both the sibling group and the parents.
Sibling Group Adoption and Some Important Considerations
If you are considering adopting a sibling group, there are a few things you should know and understand before proceeding.
First and foremost, know that your choice to adopt is a wonderful decision that will forever change many lives and benefit society in the long run. But you should also know what to expect during the process.
The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) requires that a home assessment be conducted to assess the suitability of the children’s potential future living conditions. Various aspects of your life will be investigated, including:
- Your home’s size and condition
- Your finances
- Your employment record
- Your health and the health of the other potential parent
The MDHHS will also conduct a criminal background check to identify problematic histories, such as incidents of domestic violence.
Background of Each Child
When you adopt a child, you will want to know everything you can about them before they move in. With more than one child, it is even more important to know the histories of each of your new family members. Doing so will allow you to nurture them more effectively and completely.
As you likely know, your living costs will necessarily rise the more people you bring into your home. Keep in mind as well that the circumstances of the sibling group adoption will also play a significant role in how much you pay.
For example, it is far less costly to adopt a sibling group from a ward of the state or a court than it is to adopt by way of direct placement or through an adoption agency.
Additionally, when adoptive parents adopt a Michigan child from the Michigan foster care system, they get their home assessment fee reimbursed, and in some cases, they get reimbursement for certain adoption-related expenses.
While adoptions are not quick legal processes, they usually do not drag on for years. In some cases, an adoption placement can be completed within a few months. When a sibling group is involved, however, the process will likely take longer.
Resources and Help Are Available
Potential adoptive parents have access to resources, such as literature and professionals, that can help guide them through the process. Perhaps the most valuable resource is an adoption attorney who can confidently navigate the adoption process. They are an essential asset in your quest to adopt a sibling group.
For more information and help with sibling group adoption matters, contact Gucciardo Family Law today. We have the knowledge and the passion to help you through your journey.
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