Virginian parents who wish to adopt a child will have to be prepared for a somewhat rigorous process. While the steps of an adoption may vary depending on circumstances, it will almost always involve a lot of waiting, and a lot of evaluations and examinations.
FindLaw goes over the general requirements for adoption first. These may differ from state to state to some degree, but all states have these requirements as the baseline. Generally speaking, any single adult or married couple is eligible. In certain states, a single but married person can even adopt alone if they are legally separated from their spouse, or if their spouse is legally incompetent. 17 states have no further stipulations. LGBTQ couples are now allowed to adopt across the nation as well.
The Virginia Department of Social Services takes a look at adoption requirements and the steps toward adoption. This includes:
- Orientation and training
- Home study
- Post-placement supervision
- Legal procedures and finalizing the adoption
It's easy to see that this is quite an involved process, which may be surprising to some parents. In fact, it's said that sometimes the adoption process can take 9 months or even longer. Understandably, this can be frustrating to anyone who thought the process would take weeks or a few months at most.
It's also impossible to accurately determine how long the process in its entirety will take, since it differs on a case-by-case basis depending on the parents and children involved. Those who would like more information before looking into adoption may benefit from seeking the aid of an attorney.