8 Crucial Tips For Kinship Adoption

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tips for kinship adoption

Here are our top eight tips for smoothly integrating children adopted through kinship adoption into your family.

  1. Get Educated. Adoptive parenting is different from parenting kids from birth. Not worse, not better, but different. Parents who adopt a niece, nephew, or grandchild need the same preparation as other adoptive parents. We have a ton of resources at Adoption A-Z Resource Guide.
  2. Seek Expertise. You will need to find an adoption attorney or adoption agency to help you navigate through a kinship adoption. We have a great free multimedia guide to help you-Creating a Family’s Multimedia Guide on Choosing an Adoption Agency or Attorney. Make sure to ask whomever you hire how many kinship adoptions they do each year in your state.
  3. Keep the focus on the child and what is in the child’s best interest as you navigate the post adoption relationships in your family. This is sometimes easier said than done, so spend time pre-adoption talking with your extended family members about what you think is best for the child.
  4. Have a written openness adoption agreement in place before the adoption is finalized. Include things such as the type of contact both the adoptive parents and birth parents want, how often, etc.
  5. Familiarize yourself with the very detailed definition of “orphan” to make certain the child is available for adoption, if doing an international kinship adoption.
  6. Do not try to adopt the child on your own in the country of her birth for international kinship adoptions. You need to work first with an adoption agency in the US accredited under the Hague Treaty. Contact the Council on Accreditation to get a list of adoption agencies that handle kinship adoptions.
  7. Understand dynamics of blending children by birth and adoption. If you have children already in your family, spend some time understanding the impact of combining adopted kids with bio kids. Creating a Family has many resources on our Blended Family section, including our Top Ten Tips for Blending Children by Adoption and Birth and Should You Combine Bio Kids and Adopted Kids in the Same Family?
  8. Listen to this really great Creating a Family interview with three experts on kinship adoptions.




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04/02/2016 | by Fact Sheets | Categories: Adoption, Adoption Blog, Blog, Fostering, Other Adoption Resources, Other Fostering Resources | 4 Comments

4 Responses to 8 Crucial Tips For Kinship Adoption

  1. Avatar Wendy M Evans says:

    what rights do biological parents have after loosing physical and perment custody in a Kinship transfer of custody

    • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

      Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for reading. This a question best asked of an adoption attorney and it is highly dependent on the facts of the case.
      We wish you the best!

  2. Avatar Abida Ahmad says:

    I have a niece in Vancouver BC and is 16 years old. She has been physically abused by her father. The mother is divorced and resides in Pakistan. She is now in foster care but does not have Canadian citizenship yet. She arrived to Canada in 2013. Can I do kinship care for her as a US citizen since I reside in Texas and she is my niece?

    • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

      We cannot offer you legal advice on your particular case. It’s best that you contact an adoption attorney in your state to review the case and understand your legal options. Best of luck.

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