November 24, 2017

Archives for June 2012

Adoption: Where to Start? (adoptive parents)

Adoption 101: Where to Start? It is difficult to know where or how to start if you have never been involved in the adoption process before. It can feel overwhelming. We believe knowledge is key, and therefore learning the basic process is the best first step to a future forever family. You need to consider the type of adoption, interaction with the biological family, and your own eligibility requirements from the outset.

Type: (1) domestic; (2) international; (3) agency; or (4) private.  A domestic adoption will include an adoptive family and a biological family all residing within the United States.  Each State has its own laws and procedures, and some federal laws may apply.  It is very important to be aware of this.  An international adoption obviously includes one party not living within the United States. Typically the biological family is from some other country.  The laws of the country where the biological family will apply and control, and each country will have particular requirements that will vary.  These include a marriage requirement, ethnic and religion tests, age limits, and income.  An agency adoption typically means that you as the adoptive couple will pay an adoption agency to facilitate locating a biological family and pairing you with them, as well as tons of paperwork and preparation in the interim.  A private adoption usually means you have found a biological family on your own and you need an attorney to facilitate the process, or some service in Arkansas or an Arkansas attorney will help you find a biological family in one of various ways.

You ultimately have to decide whether adoption is for you!  Arming yourself with information will help, but it boils down to something much more personal, intimate, and simple between you and your currently family.  While we may be able to help you “talk it out,” the decision is one you will have to make.

 

Congratulations & Thank you!

First of all, thank you to everyone who prayed regarding our baby in Kansas we posted about recently.  Thank you a  million times over from me and from the new forever family.

 

Secondly, congratulations to baby Spencer!  Welcome to your new forever family and welcome to Arkansas.

 

This adoption unfolded is so many mysterious ways, surely God’s hand was over this one.

 

Another forever family success story!

 

Shane A. Henry

Biological Parent Revocation Period

It seems that most people interested in adoption know something about a time period wherein the biological parent(s) may “change their mind.”  This is called the revocation period, the window of time in which a biological parent consenting to the adoption and voluntarily terminating their own parental rights may revoke that consent.

Under Arkansas law, it has long been a period of 10 days.  However, there is now an option under the law.  The biological parents can waive the 10 day revocation period and select a shorter 5 day period only.

So, for purposes of an adoption under Arkansas law, the time period will begin either (1) at the time the consent was signed, (2) or at the time of the birth of the child – whichever is later.  If your biological parent signs when the mother is only 6 or 7 months pregnant, the revocation period will begin at birth.  If the baby is already a few weeks, months, or years old, then the revocation period begins at the time of the signing.

This has been a tremendous help for out of state couples adopting in Arkansas.  A final hearing cannot be had on the matter until the revocation period has expired.  This often has forced our adopting couples to remain in the State of Arkansas for at least 11 days, but usually longer.  Now it is possible that a 6 day stay is all that is required.

Please call or write if you have any questions about your adoption or adoptions in general.

Thank you.