Adoption is often a difficult emotional time for all involved. The adopting parents may be doing so out of compassion or a desire to assist either the family giving up the child or the child itself, or may be seeking to compensate for the inability to conceive a child of their own. The family passing on custody may be financially, emotionally, or otherwise unable to care for the child and seeking to place it in a better situation. Either way, private placement adoptions in Idaho involve the voluntary transfer of termination of parenting rights and the placement of custody and adoption with the adoptive parents.
Need for an Attorney
While all adoption cases greatly benefit from the advice and counsel of a qualified and experienced attorney, a private placement adoption offer special legal and emotional considerations and should be assisted by an attorney who understands the pitfalls that can derail the process.
Despite the term ‘private,’ all adoptions in Idaho, except stepparent adoptions, require a home study of the adopting family in order to determine their capability to care properly for the child. This can be conducted by a private firm which the attorney may be aware of or have prior experience with. The state also has other basic requirements for private placement adoptions, including that the adoptive parents be a minimum of fifteen years older than the child being adopted or a minimum of 25 years of age, and that the birth parents’ parental rights be terminated when the adoption is completed.
In order to ensure that these and other requirements are met, an attorney familiar with the current state of adoption law – especially private placement adoptions – in Idaho is a necessity. A life decision of this level of importance requires very careful handling.