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TODD K. MOHINK, PA Glen Burnie & Columbia Family & Criminal Lawyer

Special needs adoption finalized after years of waiting

Maryland adoption laws can be difficult to navigate especially when the adoption is of a child from outside the United States. A Howard County adoption lawyer often sees families trying to bring children from another country to the U.S. and it is frequently a complicated process. Depending on the circumstances and which country the child is coming from, the laws and paperwork of the adoption can take a long time to complete.

A couple finally completed the adoption of an infant boy from China. They had spent two years trying to adopt a special needs child from China. The child has Down Syndrome and will become a fourth child in the family along with the couple’s own biological children ages three, seven and nine. The couple had initially tried to adopt another child with Down Syndrome from Russia, but Russian law has made international adoptions to the United States illegal. They then tried to adopt a different little boy from China, but the child died while they were working on it. Finally, after spending an estimated $60,000 in Russia and China, they were able to complete the adoption and bring the 16-month-old boy into their home.

Any kind of family legal issue can be complex. Whether it’s an adoption, a custody dispute, a divorce, domestic disputes, child support, paternity or prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, there are many issues that must be sifted through. In the case of an adoption, Maryland adoption laws must be adhered to to ensure that everything runs smoothly and within the confines of the law. It is important that families understand their specific situations to prevent any mishaps from occurring.

In this case, after two adoptions fell through, the family was finally able to complete their planned adoption of a special needs child. People who are making similar plans should understand the legal avenues available to them.

Source: The Patriot Ledger, “Couple tries 3 times, finally adopts baby from China,” Robynn Garfield, Mar. 12, 2014

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