Whether voluntary or involuntary, a parent's rights must be terminated
before their child can be adopted. Adoptive parents will tell you that
there are many potential roadblocks you can encounter along the way, so
it is advised that you retain a skilled adoption lawyer.
Below are some factors that could present difficulties on your road to
In Washington, you can adopt as long as you are over the age of 18. However,
age is still a factor judges might consider. What matters more than age
though is how maturely you carry yourself. You may also encounter issues
if you are an older adult or grandparent looking to adopt.
Judges base adoption decisions on the best interests of the child. Part
of that is being able to supply the child's basic needs. Whether you
have a high or low income, the judge will consider whether your financial
situation can support the addition of a child to your family.
Both married and single people can adopt in the state of Washington. However,
if you have had previous marriages and divorces, the judge may consider
this as a factor. A judge will not knowingly place a child in a dysfunctional
family unit, whether the parents are married or single.
Do you have the job and salary to sustain raising a child? In Washington,
it doesn't matter if you work part time, full time, from home, or
from an office – as long as the prospective parent(s) is gainfully employed.
In Washington, it does not matter whether you rent or you own. In some
adoption cases, a social worker may come and observe you to determine
if your home is suitable for the child. A potential roadblock would be
if you are in between homes, your residence is in a less than ideal location,
or the state of your home is unsafe for children.
Legal Parent's Consent
If the legal parent denies consent, you will have a difficult time adopting.
Without the legal/biological parent's consent, parental rights cannot
unless the state has reason to step in and terminate their parental rights.
Working with a Social Worker
For stepparent adoption and some other types of adoption, the prospective
parent(s) will have to be approved by a social worker. If the social worker's
post-placement study proves negative, you may have a difficult time securing
In Washington cases, attention to detail is crucial. You need to retain
an attorney that will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of your
best possible outcome. To learn more about McKinley Irvin's adoption services,
contact our team to schedule a consultation.