Archive for July, 2010

A Helpful Resource for Finding Adoption and Child Welfare Laws


If you are looking for your state’s laws about issues related to adoption, custody, and child welfare, you might be frustrated. State laws can be difficult to find, and even more difficult to understand once you find them. Fortunately, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a great resource for this: The Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Here’s how it works: Click on your state in Step 1. Then, in Step 2, select the topic that you are interested in. Click “Go!” and the site will take you to a page that tells you what your state laws say about that topic, written in plain English. Are you wondering whether agreements for birth mothers and adoptive families to keep in touch after adoption are enforceable in your state? Are you curious about who can access adoption records? Are you thinking about leaving your baby at an infant safe haven? Do you need to know whether adoption facilitators are legal in your state? Confused about what expenses adoptive families may pay birth mothers in private adoption? You can find the answers to these questions and many more on the site. Check it out!

Do you have more questions about adoption? Contact The Vaughan Firm to speak with an adoption attorney.

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