You may be preparing to adopt a child who may be coming from foster care. The child may be an infant, toddler or already in school.
As you are going through the process, you may experience a detailed home study. The state of Indiana carries these home studies out to ensure that the future adoptive parents are suitable to adopt.
Your adoption of a child may not look like any other adoption
As you complete paperwork for the adoption of an infant, you may wonder if your adoption experience is the same as it would be for any other adoptive family. Every adoption is different. Every adoptive family may face hurdles that they need to get through before they successfully adopt a child.
You may be planning to adopt a child who has spent their entire life in foster care. The infant may not yet be one year of age, and as long as they have been lovingly cared for in their foster home, they may need age-appropriate support in adjusting to your home.
You should find out about how the adoption process may look and what processes you may experience. Learning about the adoption process will help to make it a little easier for you.
What Indiana law requires as you prepare to adopt a child
Indiana adoption law may require your spouse, if you are married, to go through the process with you. Single adults may also be able to adopt a child. Both of you may have to consent to the adoption of a child who is at least 14 years old.
Your spouse may have to consent if they are the natural or adoptive parent. Indiana requires adoptive families to agree to a period of supervision, which is at the court’s discretion.