Under New York adoption law, there are two types of adoption that can be petitioned in Family Court: private adoption and agency adoptions.
Private adoption consists of an agreement between the child’s biological parents and the individual(s) who intend to become the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents must submit an adoption petition, other relevant documents, and demonstrate to the court that they would make suitable and qualified parents for the child.
Agency adoption involves a child who has already been removed from their natural parents by a court and placed in foster care under the direction of an agency. If the agency decides to permanently end the biological parent’s rights to the child, then an individual or couple who apply for adoption through the agency may adopt the child.
If you are interested in either pursuing a private adoption or an agency adoption, the guidance and assistance of a New York adoption lawyer can be invaluable to your case.