“Adoption is the process of establishing a legal parent/child relationship between a person and a non-biological child. Once the process is final, the adoptive parent has all of the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent. That new parent‑child relationship is permanent and is exactly the same as that of a birth parent.” Paul Lerandeau, Family Lawyer Fresno

There are four types of adoption:

  1. Stepparent/Domestic Partner
    This is when a birth parent allows his or her child to be adopted by a new spouse or domestic partner. It is the most common type.
  2. Independent 
    This is when the adopting parents and the birth parents reach a private agreement.
  3. Agency 
    This is when it is arranged by the California Department of Social Services or a licensed agency.
  4. International 
    This is when the child to be adopted was born in another country.