Adoption FAQs

When do I need a Virginia Adoption Lawyer?

Adoption: After you have located a child who is available for adoption and are ready to have the adoption finalized, you need a lawyer.

You also need a lawyer if you receive notice that the other parent has filed to have a step-parent or others adopt your child, and you object to the adoption.

Adoption is a very technical area of the law. You must strictly follow the procedures in the Virginia Code. A failure to do so could prevent the adoption from going through or could lead to it being set aside at a later date.

Who can adopt?

Agencies consider single and married women and men of all races, ages and income levels for adoption. You can be experienced parents with children in your home, first-time parents, or have grown children.

Two unmarried adults cannot adopt a child in Virginia. A married person cannot adopt without the spouse also adopting the child.

How long will it take to adopt?

The time frame, like the cost, varies with the type of child being adopted.

For example, step-parent adoptions can be completed in a matter of weeks, while others may have specific waiting periods.

How can my spouse adopt my child?

This is not a difficult process if the other biological parent will consent to the adoption. If you are unable to obtain consent, it is still possible. Contact us for more information.

Can I find out information about my adoption when I become an adult?

Yes.

To initiate a search for the birth family, you must fill out an Adoptee Application for Disclosure from: Adoption Reports Unit, Department of Social Services, 730 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219-1849; Phone (804) 692-1944

Can I afford to adopt?

There are provisions for military personnel to be reimbursed for adoption costs. Some other employers also offer financial assistance for adoption. Adoption from foster care is a no-cost option. You can also go to Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to review information and sources of funding for adoptions.