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August 9th, 2008, 08:43 PM
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Tonight, I got a phone call and my "nephew" may end up up for adoption. He is in Kentucky and we are in Virginia. I have nephew in quotes, because legally he is not my nephew because my parents (mom and stepdad) never actually married and this is my stepbrother's son. He's a year old.

I've tried searching on the internet but it's all so confusing. What is the process like? What about fees? What things do we need to consider?

Can you explain your experience to help us get a better idea of what to expect?
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August 10th, 2008, 01:52 AM
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I adopted my niece a few years ago and I've been told it is much, much easier to do than a typical adoption. We had to have a home study done and we had an attorney draw up the paperwork (all of which you pay for) - but other than that, there were no fees (like adoption agency fees, etc). It took about 6 months to become finalized.
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August 10th, 2008, 05:32 AM
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I adopted my niece a few years ago and I've been told it is much, much easier to do than a typical adoption. We had to have a home study done and we had an attorney draw up the paperwork (all of which you pay for) - but other than that, there were no fees (like adoption agency fees, etc). It took about 6 months to become finalized.
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I've heard the same thing. But since LEGALLY he's not family I wasn't sure if that would create any snags.
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August 10th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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It might. Though, were your parents considered common law? If so, that might take away the questions of not legally family.

Fees and such are not very much really. In fact, if he is already in foster care, you shouldn't have to pay much out of pocket. If he isn't it will probably be attorney's fees and that's about it. The agency fees wouldn't come into play.

I hope this all works out and you can keep him forever.
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August 10th, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Hi and welcome! I don't have any experience with that type of adoption, but wanted to say good luck and keep us posted!
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August 10th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Thank you for the responses. VA does not have common law. However, I do have my "step"dad's last name, so maybe it won't even be questioned? Even if it is, I talked to my mom and apparently she and dad have been talking about getting married anyway (just for the legal purposes at this point). So, that would remove that snag.
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