To adopt a child in North Carolina, select an adoption agency, submit an application, accept a home study, receive adoption placement and legalize the adoption. Adults between the ages of 21 and 65 are eligible to adopt a child in North Carolina, states Adoption.com.
Adopting a child is one of the options available to start a family in North Carolina. To initiate an adoption process, families must begin by selecting a local adoption agency, notes AdoptUSKids. Below are the steps involved in adopting a child in North Carolina after submitting an application.
- Completing an adoption home study
- Getting matched with a child
- Legalize the adoption
- Keep learning about parenting
Prepare to receive a caseworker into the home. The worker will evaluate the home and determine if it is conducive for a new child. Afterward, background checks will be done. If all information is accurate, the adoption can be approved.
The agency will carefully evaluate the needs of the adopting family and match them with a child who meets these needs. The family is then allowed to meet a few times with the child before being granted full custody.
The adopting family must attend a court hearing in which the adoption will be officially legalized.
The Internet and various magazines provide a wealth of resources regarding how to take care of a new child. Take advantage of these resources to build stronger bonds with the child.