Interstate Adoption and the ICPC Process
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
3w ago
One of my favorite texts to send a client: “ICPC is approved. You can now travel home!” ICPC stands for the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. Essentially, it is an agreement amongst all of the states that before a child can cross state lines for the purposes of adoption, both the sending state and the receiving state have to sign off on the placement. In order to comply with ICPC, there is a certain process that must be followed and both states must approve the placement before a child can leave his/her birth state. An ICPC packet of documentation is submitted to each state’s I ..read more
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Adult Adoption
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
2M ago
People are sometimes surprised to learn that you can adopt an adult in California. For me, they are some of my favorite cases to handle because of the meaningfulness to all parties! This quote was the reasoning for a recent adult adoption I had the honor of handling. ❤️ Often adult adoption cases involve an adoption by a step-parent or another parent-like figure, or it’s an adoption of a young adult where the adoption couldn’t be completed prior to the adoptee turning 18 for one reason or another. In an adult adoption, the petitioner and adoptee enter into an agreement to have a legal parent ..read more
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National Adoption Awareness Month
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
3M ago
Happy National Adoption Awareness Month! I primarily work on private adoptions, but today I want to highlight foster care adoption. As of the end of 2021, there were an estimated 114,000 children in the US foster care system that are eligible for adoption, meaning a court has already determined that reuniting them with biological family is unfortunately not an option. In California alone, there are an estimated 15,000 children eligible for adoption. [Source: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Children’s Bureau, A ..read more
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Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces 2022
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
4M ago
Each year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption publishes its list of the 100 best adoption-friendly workplaces. Participants are scored based on three criteria: financial reimbursement, paid leave and the percentage of employees eligible for those benefits. On average, employers that completed the survey offer $12,000 in financial reimbursement, which is up 9.5% from 2021. The average amount of paid leave is 8.3 weeks, which is up 8% since 2021. Below is the full list. Further information can be found here ..read more
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Applying for a Passport for an Adopted Child
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
6M ago
If you will be traveling abroad while your adoption is pending, you will need permission from the birth parent(s), permission from the agency, and permission from the court in order to obtain a passport for your child. Once you have the court order, you can proceed with the application for a passport. This can take some time (in addition to the time it takes to receive the passport), so it’s best to speak with your lawyer and notify your agency of any out-of-country travel plans as soon as possible. Once the adoption is finalized, it is much simpler to apply for a passport. You can apply for ..read more
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Resource: Expecting 101. . . You're Adopting!
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
11M ago
I’m so excited to share this new resource for prospective adoptive parents. A course designed specifically for adoptive parents to help you prepare for a newborn! I recently connected with Valerie of New Parents Academy and am so thrilled that she is providing this course and these resources for adoptive parents. Before I adopted for the first time, I took a newborn class at our local hospital where I sat in a room full of pregnant women, which felt awkward. I did get some helpful information, but I also sat through a lot of information that would ultimately be inapplicable. That’s why I am ..read more
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Resources on the Adoption Tax Credit
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
1y ago
Somehow, it’s already tax season again. For those that might be working on your taxes now, I thought I would reshare this list of frequently asked questions about the Adoption Tax Credit that I published last year: https://www.laurenbateslaw.com/blog/2021/3/12/adoption-tax-credit-faqs. For 2021, the maximum credit per child is up to $14,440. For more information, you can refer to this guide from Creating a Family: https://creatingafamily.org/adoption-category/adoption-blog/adoption-tax-credit-guide/ Also, here is a link to the IRS’ website on the Adoption Tax Credit: https://www.irs.gov/taxt ..read more
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Resources for Adoptive Parents
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
1y ago
You’ve waited years, completed a seemingly impossible amount of paperwork, been fingerprinted, background checked, vetted by social workers, approved to be parents by a court, and now the fun/hard part… parenting! Parenting is already challenging. Parenting an adopted child adds another layer of complexity. That’s why it’s important to seek out help and support. Although I have only been doing it for a (relatively) short amount of time, I’ve discovered some helpful resources that I thought I would share. Organizations C.A.S.E. (The Center for Adoption Support and Education) provides support a ..read more
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Scam Alert
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
1y ago
FRAUD ALERT ?  I recently learned that someone impersonated me to scam hopeful adoptive parents out of money. I’m so upset by this (and have reported it to all the relevant authorities). Unfortunately, adoption is ripe for scams. It’s sickening that someone would prey on vulnerable people who are so eager to add a child to their family, but it happens.  Most people have heard of the scams where people impersonate expectant moms to get money out of prospective adoptive parents. But it appears that scammers are getting even more brazen by impersonating adoption professionals. I hate ..read more
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Top 3 Tips for Prospective Adoptive Parents
San Diego Adoption Attorney Lauren Bates
by Lauren Bates
1y ago
I’m often asked for my top advice for people that are just beginning the adoption journey. Here are my top 3 tips for hopeful adoptive parents. #1: Complete Your Home Study There are very few parts of the adoption process that you will have control over. One thing you can control is the speed in which you complete your portion of the home study. It’s the first step to adopting and I highly recommend that you complete it as soon as you decide you want to adopt. In my experience, some people delay because of the concern that their home study will only be active for a certain amount of time. Thi ..read more
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