Adoption law

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Adoption law is the generic area of legal theory, policy making, legal practice and legal studies relating to law on adoption.

National adoption laws[edit]

National, or domestic, adoption laws deal with issues such as step-parent adoption, adoption by cohabitees, adoption by single parents and LGBT adoption.[1] Adoption laws in some countries may be affected by religious considerations such as adoption in Islam.

Specific laws[edit]

Laws vary widely from country to country and in the case of adoption in the United States, from state to state

Intercountry adoption laws[edit]

Intercountry adoption laws vary widely.[2]


  1. ^ J. H. M. van Erp, Lars Peter Wunibald van Vliet Netherlands Reports to the Seventeenth International ... 2006 - Page 100 "... legal rules applying to adoption (step-parent adoption, adoption by cohabitees, adoption by single parents and same-sex parents) as well as with regard to the nature of adoption (intercountry adoption versus national adoption).... "
  2. ^ Cynthia R. Mabry, Lisa Kelly Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice -- 2006 - Page 459 "Some prospective adoptive parents choose certain countries because the country's adoption laws are more favorable to foreign adopters. Other prospective parents choose a particular country because more infants are available immediately."