Adoption in California

California’s legal system processes more adoptions than any other state. The California Family Code governs all adoptions in the state. The length of time it takes to finalize an adoption depends on the type of adoption and other circumstantial factors. The process can be long and complex. It is recommended that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced adoption attorney to help you understand the process as it applies to your specific circumstances.

Adoption Home Study

As part of the adoption process, in California, you will need to participate in a home study. The home study may be conducted by a licensed public or private adoption agency of your choosing. The purpose of the home study is to assess whether you are physically, mentally, and financially ready to adopt. The home study helps ensure that children that are adopted are placed in adoptive homes with a family that will provide a permanent, stable, and supportive environment. An adoption home study is not required for stepparent adoptions.

Adoption Considerations

There are many things you will need to consider when making the decision to adopt a child. Do you want a girl or a boy? A baby or an older child? Does the race or nationality of the child matter? Would you consider adopting a child from another country? These important questions will determine appropriate child placement and can determine the steps that must be taken in the process.

Types of Adoptions

The adoption process varies depending on the type of adoption you are seeking. The process for international adoptions and domestic adoptions are quite different. Domestic adoptions consist of public, stepparent, adult, and private adoptions. In private adoptions, you can pursue an agency adoption or independent adoption. There are pros and cons to both agency adoptions and independent adoptions. An experienced adoption attorney at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin can help you understand the differences and determine which option is best for you.

California Adoption Attorneys

It is critical, at all stages of an adoption, to have the assistance of a skilled and experienced adoption attorney who will protect your rights every step of the way. At the beginning of the adoption planning process, an adoption attorney can help you determine what type of adoption is best for you and your circumstances. A knowledgeable family law attorney will also direct you to an agency that will conduct an adoption home study. You will also be provided with a real-world overview of the adoption process.

Our Firm’s Adoption Practice

Our firm offers legal services, information, and advice to hopeful parents. The adoption attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin provide direction and assistance based on knowledgeable and practical experience in the adoption process. Our goal is to help you successfully bring a child into your home.


Call Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin when you need sound legal advice from a knowledgeable adoption attorney. To speak with an adoption attorney about adopting a child, call our adoption lawyers at (209) 522-2211 or contact us here.