With adoption rates declining or remaining low, the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon attorney Nathalie Amir attributes this decline to the legal complexities of adoption, many times which can make adoption feel very difficult or overwhelming for families to navigate.
According to the most recent records from the State Department, there were 5,370 international adoptions in 2016 down from 22,900 in 2004. The Economist identifies a decline from 90,000 babies adopted domestically in 1971 to 18,000 in 2014, the most recent numbers available. Adoptions out of foster care remain steady at 50,000 per year out of about 450,000 children accounting for a mere 11% of foster children adopted.
Addressing the drop in the numbers, Amir says, “Prospective parents talk. Sadly, sometimes when families share their challenges, it can discourage others from engaging in the process of welcoming a new family member into their home. But a specialized type of attorney known as a Certified Family Law Specialist can help families navigate the adoption process efficiently and smoothly.”
Whether private, domestic, international, foster, step parent, domestic partner, or contested adoption, attorney Nathalie Amir recommends a Certified Family Law Specialist because he or she can give a family the confidence they need to move forward with adoption proceedings. Says Amir, “An adoption is a big decision, but it isn’t something that should be ruled out due to complexity alone.”