How long does it take to adopt a teenager?

How long does it take to adopt a teenager?

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    How exciting to hear that you or someone you know might be considering adopting a teenager! There are so many teenagers in need of a home and such a deficit of families willing to take in an older child. The general process to adopt a teenager will be very similar to adopting an infant in terms of legalities. However, when adopting a teenager, it is much more like that a child is already legally "free to adopt" meaning that their parent's rights have already been terminated. This is especially true for children within the foster care system. Many people get confused about these classifications and they have been discussed thoroughly in the Community at Adoption.com

    The process of actually finding and matching with a teenager to adopt will likely be incomparably shorter than any other age range as their are so many teenagers who are in need of a forever family. The time it takes to match with a teenager will largely be dependent on your families decision on what child to adopt and that child's decision to accept the adoption. Children older than 12 are often required and allowed to approve their adoption before it can move forward.

    You will still need to go through the same process you would if you were adopting a younger child. However, once you have an approved home study and have completed any necessary education, placement of the child may be immediate. While it will vary state to state, many states require monthly visits from a caseworker to check on how the placement is going. After six months, the final report is delivered to the courts and finalization can now occur. The process from start to finish can take around 8 months if your agency moves very quickly. Typically, if you are starting from scratch and there is a six month wait period for finalization in your state, you are likely looking at around a year to adopt a teenager, though placement can happen after your approved home study, which can take only a month to around 4 months. 
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