Questions Regarding Adoption (Spoke to a lawyer) Edit...
Dh and I have been ttc for about 9mo with no luck. A friend of mine is due July 7th.
She asked if we wanted to adopt her daughter. We have a 3yr old son.
Dh and I both agreed to the adoption.
Here's the complications. She was married when she got pregnant. They are no longer married and she hasn't seen him. My questions are: Will he have to sign the adoption papers? Since I live in a different state, will it cause problems? What advice can you give us?
She says he wants nothing to do with the baby. but doesn't know if he will sign the adoption papers. Help?
*Edit* I just spoke with a lawyer in Colorado. Here are my notes
First step is to find an adoption agency. Mother will need to receive relinquishment counseling and they will work with her to complete the legal process.
Father will need to be notified of the adoption, and agree to it. He will be notified of a court hearing to relinquish his rights.
Since we are in different states, Wyoming has to license me as an Adoptive Home. We will have to have our home visited, we will also need 6 months plus of supervision after the child is born before the adoption is finalized.
Even though it is a friend to friend adoption it still has to go through an agency. Costs are around $20,000.
Father MUST sigh his rights over because he is the “Presumed” father. Since Mother and he were married at time of conception.