Since every state has its own adoption laws, it can be difficult to understand the legal aspects of the adoption process. To help Nevada families, we’ve gathered a few frequently asked questions regarding adoption laws in Nevada.
Please note, however, that this article is not intended as legal advice. Consult an attorney if you have immediate legal concerns about your adoption, or call 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more about your state’s adoption laws and requirements.
Nevada adoption laws require that an adoptive parent be at least 10 years older than the child they wish to adopt. However, this law may not apply if a child is adopted by a stepparent, sibling, aunt or uncle, or first cousin and if the court deems an adoption in the child’s best interest.
Nevada has no marriage requirements for adoption and uses gender-neutral language, which means that same-sex adoption is allowed as well.
Nevada adoption laws require that written consent to an adoption be given by both living parents, one parent if the other parent is deceased, or the child’s guardian, unless the parents’ rights have already been terminated by a judge. The child’s mother must wait 72 hours after the child’s birth before consenting to adoption. The child’s father can consent before the child is born if he is not married to the mother.
Adoptive parents can pay the birth parents’ medical, legal, and necessary living expenses as well as counseling.
Before you can adopt a child in Nevada, you’ll need to complete a Nevada home study. A social worker will inspect your home, interview your entire family, and look over your financial and health records to ensure you can provide a suitable home for a child. Your home study provider will walk you through the process, but it should be noted ahead of time that the documentation phase of the home study usually takes the longest. To help prepare, you can begin gathering these documents:
Proof of insurance
Background checks and clearances
Financial information, such as pay stubs or tax returns
As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions can help with all domestic Nevada adoptions. From helping adoptive families advertise to pregnant women to providing prospective birth mothers with unbiased, free counseling, American Adoptions provides every necessary service to help you complete a legal and ethical adoption. For more information, call 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information here.
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