Hiring an experienced Nevada lawyer is one of the best ways to help the adoption process move smoothly. The attorneys at Throne & Hauser are happy to help our clients in the Las Vegas area navigate their way through the complex adoption laws in Nevada.
We’ve collected a series of frequent questions from interested families like yours. Call us today to get a free consultation and find out what your next big step will be to growing your family.
How does the adoption process work?
Each child, birth family and adoptive family is different and has individual needs. In order to place children in the best matched homes for them, prospective adoptive parents in Las Vegas and across all of Nevada need to go through a few basic steps.
First, all adoptive parents must participate in adoptive parent prep classes about the challenges they’ll face and what to expect when adopting a new child. Next, a social worker or accredited agency representative will study your home to determine if your family’s lifestyle and other factors make a suitable new home.
Once approved, you’ll be able to meet the available children to see if they’re a good addition to your home. When you select a new member for your family, there is a six-month minimum for post-placement supervision and support services. After this period, the adoption will be finalized and you will have the same rights as any other parent.
Who is available for adoption?
In the U.S., there are over 100,000 children awaiting adoption. While you can offer your own preferences for age, ethnicity, sex and the number of children you want to adopt, other factors will be considered during the process. You’ll discuss your preferences during the home study process, but be open to falling in love with any new son or daughter.
While the term “special needs” often refers to disabilities, it is used differently in the adoption process. Instead, the term refers to children who fall under a number of different categories such as older children, sibling groups, those with medical conditions and any physical, mental or emotional disabilities.
How long does it take to adopt a child?
The adoption process varies from family to family and depends on which child you want to adopt. Children with special needs mentioned above may be able to come home within a few months after the home study is completed. However, healthy infants take roughly two to seven years for adoptions to finalize.
How much does it cost to adopt a child?
The cost of adoption varies on which agency or Nevada state authority you work with. If you go through local county channels, there is no fee to foster or adopt except for $50 per person for fingerprint clearances. If you go through local authorities of another state, fees may apply, but you may be eligible for reimbursement from the child’s original state. Otherwise, private agencies may cost anywhere from $4,200 to $13,000.
Before going farther in the process, we recommend speaking with an adoption lawyer like those from Throne & Hauser.
Can single parents adopt in Nevada?
Other than holding a stable home and lifestyle, there are only a few requirements to becoming an adoptive parent. You must be over 21 and at least ten years older than the person you want to adopt. In the state of Nevada, those who want to give a child a good home are able to do so, regardless of race, religion, marital status or income.
What kind of information will need to give?
Nevada state law requires a home study for every applicant. This is a thorough investigation of the prospective adoptive parents designed to help the agency determine which family is best for a child or sibling group. It also helps the adoptive family determine whether adoption is right for them. Other information includes references from friends, family, coworkers or other peers, criminal background checks, child abuse and neglect screenings and fingerprint clearance. Additional information may include a physical examination of applicants and household members, a discussion and review of the types of adoption, a discussion of which children are ready for adoption and a review of the community and individual resources of the adoptive parents.