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What Are Birth Parents

What Are Birth ParentsWhat are Birth-parents?

The term ‘birth-parents’ refers to the biological parent of offspring. A birth-parent is either the father or mother of their child. Children may possess in a legal sense one or more parents, but they must have two biological birth-parents.

In the United States and all human societies, the biological birth-parents are both responsible for raising their offspring. That being said, some parents who assume the responsibilities of caring for their children are not biologically related to the youth. An adoptive parent is an individual who nurtures and raises the offspring of the birth-parents but is not biologically related to the youth.
Birth-parents, as a result of the responsibility attached to caring for a child, face liability issues. All birth-parents in the United States’ must raise their child in accordance with the laws which govern parenting and family-related issues.

Parental Liability and laws associated with parenting

Parental liability is the legal term used to refer to a birth-parents’ obligation to care for their child and subsequently pay damages caused by intentional, criminal, or negligent acts committed by the child. Parental liability typically ends when the child reaches the age of 18 and does not begin until the child reaches the age of 8—these age barriers, however, will vary based on state interpretation.
In addition to liability, there are basic human rights’ issues that must be adhered to for all birth-parents. Abusing, exploiting, mis-treating or harming a child’s life in anyway is viewed as a criminal action in the majority of states. Furthermore, custody issues and child-support also must be met if the state courts determine a ruling following a divorce separation of the birth parents.

Read This Before American Adoptions

Read This Before American Adoptions

What is Adoption?

Adoption, in the United States, is a formal process whereby an individual assumes custody and parenting responsibilities for another who is kind. As a result of this process, the adopting parent permanently assumes all rights and responsibilities from the child’s original parents.

 
In the United States there are two forms of adoption: an open adoption and a closed adoption. An open adoption allows for the transfer of identifying information to be communicated between the adopting parents and the child’s biological parents. Open adoptions are typically informal arrangements, which are subject to termination by the adoptive parents who assume sole authority over the adopted child.
 
 
The laws which regulate and surround open adoptions will vary between jurisdictions; in some locations, the adoptive and biological parents may embark on a legally-enforceable agreement concerning visitation, interactions regarding the child, and an exchange of information. Currently 24 states in the U.S. allow for the exchange of open adoption contract agreements to be attached to the adoption finalization.
 
 
A closed adoption is the more prevalent form of adoption in the United States. Closed American-adoptions effectively seals all identifying information in the contractual agreement.
 
 
As a result, an American-closed adoption maintains the agreement as a secretive disclosure of the adoptive parents’, the adoptees’ identity, and the biological kins’. According to United States’ adoption law, a closed American-adoption permits the transmittal of non-identifying information such as ethnicity, religious background, and the adoptee’s medical history.
 
 
As a result of safe haven laws (passed by some U.S. states) infants can be left anonymously, at hospitals, police stations, or fire departments within a few days of birth.

Understanding The Safe Families Act

Understanding The Safe Families Act

The adoption and safe families act was a piece of legislation instated in 1997, in order to remedy many of the issues plaguing the foster care systems in the United States. Prior to the establishment of this legislation, foster care system in the U.S. frequently attempted to return children to their biological parents, regardless of the consequences that this may have.


Following the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, foster care systems began to focus on the well-being and the health of children within the systems, and sought to provide them with suitable homes. Through the Adoption and Safe Families Act, state governments were provided with essential federal funding.


This funding allowed state foster care systems to offer financial incentives to families and individual who adopted special needs children. For instance, state foster care systems could provide families with the funds necessary to support special needs children.


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