Adoption in OklahomaOklahoma was named one of the best places to travel in 2020 by a popular travel magazine, and is the "Horse Show Capital of the World." Adoption is not a "show" here. Any individual, 21 years or older can adopt in Oklahoma, though out of state adoption is discouraged. Birth mom expenses may be paid by Adoptive Families, but there are a few things to know. Medical, legal, counseling and living expenses may be covered but anything over $500 must be approved by the court and must be paid through a third party. Fun fact: about 3000 buffalo range free in areas around Oklahoma.
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Adoption Attorneys in Oklahoma
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AttorneyMark A. Morrison524 W. Evergreen St., P.O. Box 1623
Durant, OK 74702Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
AttorneyRebecca A. Murphy252 W. 16th Street
Tulsa, OK 74119Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AttorneyPaul "Trip" E. Swain III601 S. Boulder Avenue, Suite 610
Tulsa, OK 74119Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AttorneyJennifer K. Kern501 West First Street
Claremore, OK 74017Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AttorneyPeter K. Schaffer4334 NW Expressway, Suite 254
Oklahoma City, OK 73116Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
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Length of ICPC
Oklahoma adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:
Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody
Adoption Law FAQ in Oklahoma
Advertising Law Info
Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
Yes but only adoptive parents with valid homestudy. No outside agencies, attorneys or facilitators may legally advertise in Oklahoma.
State Advertising Code of Law
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 21, § 866(A)(1)(g)-(h)
The crime of trafficking in children includes:
1) Advertising of services for compensation to assist with the placement of a child for adoption by any person or organization, except by the department or a licensed child-placing agency
2) Advertisements for and solicitation of a woman who is pregnant to induce her to place her child upon birth for adoption, except by a licensed child-placing agency or an attorney
Nothing in this section shall prohibit an attorney from the advertisement of legal services related to the adoption of children. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from advertising to solicit a pregnant woman to consider adoptive placement with the person or to locate a child for an adoptive placement into the personâs own home, provided that such person has received a favorable preplacement home study recommendation in accordance with § 7505-5.1 of Title 10, and that no money or other thing of value is offered as an inducement to the adoption.
Adoption Law Info
Who Can Adopt?
An individual who is 21 years or older, a husband and wife jointly if both are 21 years or older, a married person who is legally separated who is 21 years or older, or the husband or wife if his/her spouse is a relative of the child.
Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
Yes, but discouraged.
Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
Yes, but only the State Department, a licensed child-placing agency, or an attorney may act as an intermediary in placing a minor for adoption. Children being brought into the state for the purpose of adoption must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (the parent or guardian of the child is excused).
What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
Medical, legal, counseling. Living for birth-related necessities. Transportation, but no car payments or repairs. No furniture. Living expenses allowed after birth mother contacts agency or attorney and for up to two months after placement; counseling for up to six months after placement, with court approval. Court must pre-approve expenses over $500. Payments must be made to third party unless otherwise ordered by a Judge.
When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
Upon signing before a Judge. The birth parent can file for childâs return but unless she can prove fraud or duress, the putative fatherâs rights cannot be terminated, or the adoptive parents did not file a Petition for Adoption within (9) mos. after the relinquishment, the relinquishment is irrevocable.
Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7503-1.1; Admin. Code § 340:75-15-41.1
The following persons are eligible to adopt a child:
• A husband and wife jointly if both spouses are at least age 21
• Either the husband or wife if the other spouse is a parent or a relative of the child
• An unmarried person who is at least age 21
• A married person who is at least age 21 who is legally separated
In regulation: If a prospective placement provider meets the minimum age required by statute, the department may not use the age of an otherwise eligible individual as a reason for denial of placement.
Home Study Info
Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7505-5.3
A home study must include at a minimum the following:
• An appropriate inquiry to determine whether the proposed home is a suitable one for the child
• At least one individual interview with each parent, each school-age child, and any other household member; one joint interview; a home visit; and three written references
• Verification that the home is a healthy, safe environment in which to raise a child
• Verification of marital status, employment, income, access to medical care, and physical health and history
• A review of a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect information system check that includes:
o A national fingerprint-based criminal background check, a search of the Department of Correctionsâ sex offenders registry, and a search of the child abuse and neglect information system
o For each adoptive parent or other household member age 18 and older who has not maintained continuous residency in the State for 5 years prior to the home study or home study update, a child abuse registry check from every other State in which the person has resided during the 5-year period
Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7505-5.1; Admin. Code § 340:75-15-88
A prospective adoptive parent shall not be approved for placement of a child if the petitioners or any other person residing in the home of the petitioners has been convicted of any of the following felony offenses:
• Within the 5-year period preceding the date of the petition: physical assault, domestic abuse, battery, or a drugrelated offense
• Child abuse or neglect
• A crime against a child, including child pornography
• A crime involving violence, including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, or homicide
Under no circumstances shall a child be placed with an individual subject to the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act or an individual who is married to or living with an individual subject to the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act.
In regulation: Other reasons for denial may include:
• The applicant lacks a stable, adequate income.
• The home is inadequate to accommodate the addition of children or presents health or safety concerns.
• The age, health, or other condition of the applicant would impede his or her ability to provide care for a child on a permanent basis.
• Relationships in the household are unstable and unsatisfactory.
• The mental health of the applicant or other household member would impede the applicantâs ability to provide care for a child.
• References are guarded or have reservations in recommending the applicant.
When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7505-5.1
A person must have a favorable written preplacement home study before a child may be placed in his or her custody for purposes of adoption. A preplacement home study is favorable if it contains a finding that the person is suited to be an adoptive parent, either in general or for a particular child, and it is completed or brought current within 12 months of the placement of a child.
Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10, § 7505-5.3
Prior to issuance of a final decree, the investigator shall observe the minor in the proposed adoptive home and report in writing to the court on any circumstances or conditions that may have a bearing on the granting of a final adoption decree.