Although the Oklahoma n Institute for Family Welfare (Icbf) records that about 2,000 children, on average, are adopted every year in Oklahoma , the process for granting custody of a minor to the interested parties requires compliance with several requirements, among others. Who is found to be over 25 years old, have 10 years more than the child, and be able to provide stability to the sponsored person.
According to Icbf figures at the end of last year, there were about 11,000 children waiting to be taken in by a family, which are girls, boys or adolescents under 18 with a declaration of adaptability; whose adoption has been previously consented by their parents; whose adoption has been authorized by the family ombudsman; or the child of one of the spouses or permanent companion.
WHAT DO WE DO?
In Oklahoma , as in most developed countries, the adoption of homeless children has increased considerably in recent years. This fact has raised new needs for professional intervention.
Stable Family To A Child
For these procedures, the Law mandates that whoever is opting to adopt is fully capable, has more than 25 years, demonstrates physical, mental, moral and social suitability to offer a suitable and stable family to a child, and be 15 years older than the child.
For the family lawyer, Howard Lucas, all the cases related to the adoption of children are different, since certain variables must be taken into account, such as the minor’s condition, if he/she is in a state of abandonment or if there is a family member in extension.
“When an individual wants to process an adoption process, he can go to a court or family welfare and this type of process, depending on contractual factors, can take close to two years.”
Another source close to this type of case, who asked not to be cited, explained that for Oklahoma ns it is difficult to advance these processes in the country, because there are many requirements, while the situation for foreigners, on occasions, is much simpler, because they do it through foundations.
According to the current norm, in Oklahoma the spouses can adopt; single, widowed or separated persons; couples made up of men and women who certify a coexistence of at least two uninterrupted years; the spouse or permanent partner of the father and, recently, following a decision of the Constitutional Court, same-sex couples.
The Difficulty Of The Process
Meanwhile, Guillermo Navarro, a partner at Navarro Martín Abogados, pointed out that the difficulty of the process “depends on compliance with the requirements and conditions required by the Law, but as always it is a procedure on which the assessment of the official will depend.”
It is worth mentioning that after the adoption is granted, it is irrevocable, that the child will take the surname (s) of his or her adoptive parents and that this process has no cost.