What is the Adoption Process in California? Written By Sandra McCarthy Founder, A People’s Choice Fact Checked Adoption legally establishes a parent-child relationship between two people who are at least 10 years apart in age. Adoptive parents have a legal responsibility to support their adopted children financially and provide care for them until they reach adulthood. Adopted children have the right to inherit from their adoptive parents even if the parents do not leave a will. For this reason, California law makes it possible to adopt a child or an adult. With this in mind, you are probably searching for more information about the adoption process in California. Here’s what you need to know. First, if you adopt an adult, there is no obligation of financial support, but a person adopted as an adult still has the right to inherit from his or her adoptive parents. The adoption process varies depending on 1) the age of the adoptee, 2) where the adoptee lives, and 3) the parties participating in the adoption process. All adoption processes require the parties to file forms with the court. Fortunately, the adoption process does not require the adoptive parents to hire a lawyer, although some adoptive parents choose to hire lawyers. It is a good idea to hire a legal document assistant to prepare the court documents related to your adoption, so you can concentrate on your family transition. What our Clients Say... “Made the process so easy for me. Also VERY prompt replies through email. So glad I used their services.“ Kristina C. “Excellent service, fair prices, professional and prompt attention. Made our adoption process easy and affordable. Attorneys wanted three times as much for their bloated assistance. Thumbs way up.” Michelle M. “I didn’t have enough money to pay for an attorney. I searched the internet and found A People’s Choice. 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Of course, they can’t provide legal advice, but I was referred to an attorney when I needed some questions answered. The process played out according to plan and I ended up saving a lot of money by going with A People’s Choice over an attorney.” M. Rice “It was so nice to have their help with the adoption paperwork. I could have never done it myself. They responded quickly to my inquiry as well as every e-mail. Thank you to the staff for all of your help and patience!!!” Sarah G. “I recently required the help of A People’s Choice, Inc. and found them to be entirely professional. Everything was done in short order yet all was explained to my satisfaction. They were friendly and courteous. I am happy and impressed.” C. Zyobel “I was very happy with the service received. They were extremely responsive by phone and email and completed the document in less than 24 hours! All questions were answered promptly. I would highly recommend this service to anyone needing a legal document prepared!” M.D. “Outstanding service in facilitating my adult stepdaughter’s adoption! Everything happened just as they said. We got our hearing date exactly 45 days after submission. the hearing date was about 2 weeks from that. What a happy day at Edelman child Court in Monterey Park CA. So easy and worth the money which was not much! Thank you again “A People’s Choice!” Colton S. “When I first saw all of the documents required to file I was overwhelmed. I did not want to deal with the courts, a mountain load of paperwork and trips to file as well. I’m VERY happy that I went with A People’s Choice. They were very helpful and patient with me and made this difficult time much easier by making the tedious paperwork process very easy. I definitely recommend A People’s Choice.” M.McCleod “Highly recommend A People’s Choice. The customer service and professionalism are exceptional. My documents were delivered to me quickly and accurately. Compared to using an attorney for complete paperwork, this service is only a fraction of the cost, more responsive, and better suited to quickly completing complicated court forms. “ Linda F. Get help filing a California Adoption! START MY ADOPTION!…or continue reading the article below to learn more about the Adoption process in California. The Different Types of Adoption Processes in California California recognizes the following types of adoptions: Agency Adoption – The California Department of Social Services or a licensed public or private adoption agency matches the child to the adoptive parents. Typically with this type of adoption process, the children adopted through agency adoptions are part of the foster care system. Often birth parents voluntarily petition the court to terminate their parental rights. Sometimes the court files its own petition to terminate the rights of the biological parents. Either way, this allows the placement of the children for adoption. Independent Adoption – In this type of adoption process, the birth parents and adoptive parents contact each other directly and agree about the adoption. In some independent adoptions, a third party acts as an intermediary. The role of the intermediary is solely to introduce the birth parents to the adoptive parents. Stepparent Adoption – A stepparent adopts a child after marrying that child’s biological parent, thereby becoming a legal parent of the child. With a stepparent adoption process, the biological parent married to the stepparent retains their rights as a parent. This process only addresses the rights of the non-custodial parent. Consent to the adoption process can be voluntary or by filing a petition to terminate parental rights. Adult Adoption – With the adoption process, the adopted person (adoptee) must be at least 18 years of age, and the adopting parent must be at least ten years older. Because the adoptee is legally an adult, there are no issues of required consent or termination of parental rights. Keep in mind that not all states allow for adult adoption. It is possible to adopt a child even if you are single. In approximately one-quarter of adoption cases in California, the adoptive parent is single. If you are adopting a child, you must go through an extensive process of screening to make sure that you will provide proper care for the child. When you adopt a child, California allows you to take parental leave from work, even if the child is not an infant when you adopt him or her. Focus on Your Family, Not on Paperwork The California adoption process involves a lot of paperwork, but you do not need to pay top dollar for the services of a lawyer. Contact A People’s Choice to prepare the documents you need for any type of adoption in California. We can make the adoption process easy and stress-free. Give us a call today at 800-747-2780. Get help with your Legal documents today! A People’s Choice can save you hundreds of dollars by preparing your legal documents instead of an expensive attorney! GET STARTED!Was this article helpful? We would love to know your thoughts! If you found this article helpful, please check the LIKE button below. Your feedback helps us plan topics for future articles. By Sandra McCarthy|2020-04-25T12:14:06-07:00April 25th, 2020|Adoption|Comments Off on What is the Adoption Process in California?