Adoption is a legal process for creating families. This section includes information and resources regarding who can adopt and be adopted, consent to adoption, rights of presumed fathers, intercountry adoption, access to family information, and more.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides web addresses for State statutes that are accessible online and lists the parts of the code for each State and territory that contains the laws addressing child protection, adoption, child welfare, legal guardianship, services for youth, and Indian child welfare. It also provides web addresses for States' regulation and policy sites, State court rules, Tribal codes, and judicial resources. Links to sources of information about the laws and policies for all States and U.S. territories are available from the state statutes search page.