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Adopting in District of Columbia

Adoption in District of Columbia

Our Nation's capital, the District of Columbia, is more than fair when it comes to adoption law. Any adult may adopt. If married, couples must petition jointly. For Adoptive Parents and Expectant Moms, medical, legal, and counseling expenses may be covered, and in an agency placement, expenses may now be paid for food, lodging, and maternity clothes. It may be only 68.34 square miles, but it's home to the most important government buildings in our country!

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Adoption Attorneys in District of Columbia

1 Adoption Agencies in DC

1 AAAA Attorneys in DC

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Susan L Crockin
    2324 Tracy Place NW,
    Washington, DC 20008
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy

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Length of ICPC
in District of Columbia

1-30 days

Washington DC participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

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  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Municipal Regs. § 29-1620
    The adoptive home study is a counseling and assessment process with the primary goal of providing secure nurturing and permanent families for children. In conducting the adoptive home study, the agency shall:
    • Work with the applicant to evaluate his or her ability and readiness for adoptive parenthood
    • Make recommendations regarding the type of child to be placed with the family
    • Build supportive relationships and activities that will ensure the success of the placement
    • Provide educational opportunities for the applicant regarding the adoption process
    • Provide a written report integrating all of the information and culminating in an agency recommendation
    The home study process shall include:
    • One face-to-face interview with the adoptive couple and one face-to-face individual interview with each applicant
    • One face-to-face contact with each member of the potential adoptive family household
    • Clearance with the child abuse and neglect registry and record of criminal convictions, if any
    • A summary of the medical report for each member of the adoptive family living in the household, within 6 months of the study, that verifies that each person has no communicable disease, specific illness, or disabilities that would interfere with the family’s ability to parent a child
    • The level of education completed
    • The applicant’s financial status, including current job and income, other sources of income, savings, assets, and liabilities
    • A minimum of three personal and community character references
    • The interests, hobbies, and use of leisure time for each applicant
    • Religious orientation, if any
    • A description of the home, including the adequacy of space and privacy in relation to the parent and age and sex of children
    • An assessment of the plan for child care if parents work
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Code § 4-1305.06
    An individual shall not be approved to provide foster care if it is determined from the criminal records check that the individual, or an adult residing in the home of the individual, has a felony conviction for any of the following offenses or their equivalents:
    • Child abuse or neglect
    • An intrafamily offense, as defined in § 16-1001(8)
    • A crime against children, including child pornography
    • A crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery
    An individual shall not be approved if it is determined from the criminal records check that the individual, or an adult residing in the home of the individual, has a felony conviction for any of the following offenses or their equivalents committed within the past 5 years:
    • Physical assault or battery
    • A drug-related offense
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Municipal Regs. § 29-1620
    An adoptive home study shall be conducted prior to the placement of a child in a home.
    If a placement has not been made and 12 months have elapsed since the adoptive home study, a prospective adoptive home shall be re-evaluated.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Municipal Regs. § 29-1624
    The child-placing agency shall provide postplacement services for at least 6 months from the date of the adoptive placement of a child. The agency shall conduct at least three interviews during the 6-month period with the child and the parent(s) and make at least one visit to the home.
    If a final decree of adoption has not been granted within 6 months of placement, the child-placing agency shall continue to provide services until the final decree is granted.


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