The State of New Jersey has adoption laws to allow couples, families, and even single adults to file for adoption in New Jersey. It is important to note that New Jersey does not discriminate against those who want to adopt based on marital status and/or sexual orientation. That being said, the adoption process itself is very complex. Depending on the type of adoption, different laws and parameters apply. If you adopt out of the country and are a resident of the State of New Jersey, the foreign adoption can be re-confirmed in the State of New Jersey to ensure it will be honored. Step parent adoptions are often the simplest.
THE PROCESS OF FILING A COMPLAINT FOR ADOPTION IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
The first step is normally a criminal background check. The Adoption process involves filing a Verified Complaint in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The Court will normally set a preliminary hearing and assign a control date. Thereafter a Home Study may be ordered or waived in the case of a Step Parent Adoption. A Final Hearing is normally scheduled thereafter. We are happy to assist you in this process of bringing a new person into your family.
For further information, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation has provided a brochure answering some questions in the following link: What You Need To Know About Adoption.