WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ADOPT
A Summary from Blake & Associates Law Firm
By Rachel Pomerance Berl
Each adoption comes with its own set of circumstances but the process often provides a renewal of life after loss, as many couples turn to adoption after they have struggled with fertility. International adoptions have fallen off dramatically, from more than 22,000 in 2005 to less than 9,000 in 2012, partially because both China and Russia, the largest providers of children for adoption, have placed greater restrictions on adoption opportunities. The more recent approach has been for open adoptions in which the birth mother and the adoptive families basically choose each other. This has proven to be a far healthier arrangement than the secretive affairs of the past.