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New York Adoption Laws

Regulations and laws regarding adoption, including who may adopt and special requirements for adoptive parents, are fairly uniform among states. New York adoption laws require the consent of children 14 and older - that age will vary by a few years from state to state. But since adoption is such a complicated (and important) process, you should probably contact an attorney for assistance.

Below are some highlights of New York adoption laws. See Details on State Adoption Laws to learn more.

Code Section Dom. Rel. §109-117; Yes
Who May Be Adopted Any person
Age that Child's Consent Needed 14 years and older.
Who May Adopt Adult unmarried person or adult husband and wife together unless legally separated pursuant to decree or for at least 3 yrs. prior to filing. Adult or minor husband and wife, together or separately, may adopt child either born in or out of wedlock.
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption? 3 months; may be waived by judge
State Agency/Court As defined by social services law/Family
Statute of Limitations to Challenge Not specified.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York adoption attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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