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Adoption

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Types of Adoption

July 22, 2019

Open vs. Closed Adoptions Adoptions can be either open or closed. In a closed adoption the identify of the biological parents remains annonymous. In an open adoption the biological parent identify is known. In addition, other background and medical information is disclosed to the adopting parents. The parties also may meet one another, and can remain in contact after the adoption is finalized, if that is the desire of all parties.     Private Independent Adoptions When biological…

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Stepparent Adoptions

June 30, 2014

In today’s world of blended families, adoption of a child by a stepparent has become common as parents strive to form cohesive and stable family units. Under North Carolina General Statute § 48-4-101, a stepparent may file a petition to adopt a minor child who is the child of the stepparent’s spouse if the parent who is the spouse has legal and physical custody of the child, and the child has resided primarily with this…

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