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What Factors Hinder the Adoption Process?


What factors hinder the adoption process?

If you’ve ever been through the process of looking for a job you know that part of what will be included is a drug test and a background check. Even on an application, your potential employers will want to know if you’ve ever been arrested or convicted of a felony. It is your responsibility to be honest and explain what it is you may have done. If it turns out that you are lying to them there is a good chance that you will be terminated from the job. The employers must do whatever is within their power to protect their business and their reputation. This is why they put you through the process of a drug screen and a background check.

How Does This Relate to My Adoption?

It is no different when going through the adoption process. The government and the adoption agencies have a responsibility to protect the children they are putting into someone’s care so they will put you through extensive background checks to make sure that you are trustworthy and that you are capable of caring for a young child. These background checks can become a potential hindrance in the process and can possibly keep you from adopting a child. You need to know what to expect when you are going through these checks.

  • Criminal background checks – These checks will contain information on arrests, charges, and crimes committed. Many adoptions will require a criminal background check for each state you have lived in since adulthood.
  • Child Abuse Checks – This report is different than the criminal background check. It will contain all information related to child related investigations, charges and crimes only and is required for international adoptions.
  • FBI Clearance – This is your criminal history record or “rap sheet” and is taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI. In the adoption process, the USCIS requires fingerprints for an FBI check. This check will include arrest record, and in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service.

If you are looking to adopt a child and need legal advice or representation, please contact Brown and Gould, PLLC online or by calling 405-235-4500 today.


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