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A walk through the adoption process

At Janssen Law, we understand that, for Iowa families seeking to adopt a child, the process can involve a maelstrom of emotions, including excitement and confusion. To further complicate the matter, depending on the type of adoption that you are seeking, the steps of the process will look slightly different. For example, some of the steps in the process of adopting a child previously unknown to you are not required if you are adopting a stepchild or a close relative. In other cases, the court may combine some of the steps that would ordinarily happen separately.

Could an adopted child access adoption records?

Iowa collects birth records, adoption agreements and other related information thoroughly, making it possible for adoptees to search for their birth siblings or parents in some cases. It could benefit you to know what to do if you were to receive a request from your child to help find biological family members — a common inquiry once a child understands the details of your family situation. 

Understanding Iowa’s adoption laws

People wishing to adopt a child in Iowa will be delighted to learn that Iowa has quite liberal adoption laws. Nevertheless, the adoption process is a lengthy one and requires a good deal of investigation to determine if the prospective adoptive parent(s) is or are ready to adequately provide for a child.

Helping a child in need

A desire to make a difference in a child's life is one of the main reasons that families in Iowa decide to adopt or foster. However, some actions may make more of an impact than others, as they benefit both the child and the community as a whole. This is a brief review of the areas of greatest need in the adoption and foster system in the state, along with basic information about how one might help.

Hidden issues adoptees face and what to do about them

Most Iowa families who choose to expand through adoption have kindness and love at the core of their motives. Maybe they personally know someone who experienced belonging for the first time as a result of adoption, or perhaps they have had the privilege of visiting an orphanage in the U.S. or somewhere around the world.

What is the difference between an open and closed adoption?

If you are considering an adoption in Iowa, there are many steps you must take. In addition, there are many terms you may come across that you should understand. It is essential that you are clear on all of the details of the adoption so you do not end up with any surprises down the road. One of the main things you need to understand is the type of adoption you are agreeing to. It will be a closed or open adoption. 

Are adoption records sealed?

It is very common for adopted children to want to find their birth parents. If you have adopted or given a child up for adoption, you may wonder if records are openly available. Some birth parents in Iowa do not want to be found for whatever reason, but adopted children may simply need medical information which is why they are seeking their birth parents. 

Common adoption myths explained

Adoption is a wonderful gift for a family and a child. Being able to give a child a loving and permanent home is something that many families in Iowa do. However, adoption is a legal process that can be complex and confusing. Not to mention that it can be costly and time-consuming, but in the end, the payoff is pretty amazing. A big issue facing many families who are trying to adopt is the perseverance of myths surrounding the process. That is why it is important to debunk them.

What are some tips for making interracial adoption work?

There are many children in Iowa and around the world that need a loving home. For whatever reason, they cannot live with their biological parents. These children are from a range of races and ethnicities. When it comes to adopting a child, you do not have to adopt a child that is your same race or ethnicity. However, when you do an interracial adoption, it can create some challenges. 

How are adoptive parents matched with a child?

If you are thinking about adopting a child, it is important to understand that you cannot simply choose a child and begin the process. The state of Iowa takes child adoption very seriously. It wants to ensure that each child is matched with a family that will provide him or her with love and care and that the child will be a good fit for the family. The idea is to make sure the child finds a real family he or she can become a part of. 

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