Adoption is the practice in which an adult assumes the role of parent for a child who is not biologically their own and giving him or her all the rights and privileges of one's own child.
Most laws are designed with the best interests of the child in mind, not the best interests of the adult who intends to adopt. The adoption procedure varies depending on whether the child comes from an agency which handles adoptions or comes from a stranger or relative, along with the age of the child and the adoptive parent or parents.
Adoption in Iowa is generally a multi-step process. The first step is termination of the biological parents' legal rights. If both parents agree, consents are signed and a voluntary termination of parental rights is filed. If one or both parents disagree, the adopting party can request an involuntary termination of parental rights.
After a Judge has determined that parental rights should be terminated, the next step is to file a petition for adoption. The final adoption hearing cannot occur until the children have been in the adoptive parents care for 180 days or longer. This requirement may be waived when the children to be adopted are closely related to you. There may also be pre and post-placement visits made by DHS. Again, in situations where children are related to the adopting parties, these can be waived.
If you would like to schedule a initial consultation contact an Iowa family law attorney, representing clients in Independence, Iowa at the Dillon Law P.C. Give us a call at (563) 578-1850 or complete our inquiry form.