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California adoption processes differ

California residents who want to adopt a child may have to follow different rules depending on the type of adoption they seek. The California Department of Social Services classifies adoptions using three general categories: agency, independent and intercountry. The categorization of a given adoption impacts factors like birth parents' rights, who is responsible for care and custody during the process and consent.

Learning more about adoption classification in California

When a parent chooses to put a child up for adoption, he or she has three different options to choose from. The parent can choose to engage in an open adoption, a closed adoption or a semi-open adoption. In a closed adoption, the adopting parents and the birth parents do not know who the other party is. While they may have some information about each other, no identifying information is provided.

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