Nebraska Adoption Laws
Nebraska Adoption Laws
State laws regulate the adoption process. They regulate the restrictions on and requirements for adults who wish to adopt. Typically, states allow any child who needs a home to be adopted by an eligible adult, while safeguards are in place to ensure a successful transition.
A majority of states require what is known as a "home residency" or "home study" before the adoption is finalized. "Home residency" and "home study" are terms referring to a period of time, often involving social workers, when the parent(s) and child ease into their new relationship.
Nebraska Adoption Laws at a Glance
Under Nebraska law, any child may be adopted. However, the child must consent to an adoption if they are over the age of 14. The state also requires a home residency of six months, but that requirement is waived for adult adoptions. Under certain circumstances, adults may be adopted, as well. In cases, for example, where an adult is mentally incapacitated, they may also be eligible for adoption.
The Adoption Homepage maintained by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services provides several helpful resources, including guides on the adoption process, legal requirements, and a listing of children available for adoption.
The following table lists additional details of adoption laws in Nebraska. See FindLaw's Adoption section for more articles and resources.
|43-101 to 43-160
|State Requirements for a Valid Adoption
|Who May Be Adopted
|Any child or adult meeting the requirements for eligibility to be adopted
|Age that Child's Consent Needed
|14 years of age and older
|Who May Adopt
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?
|Six months, except in adoptions of adult children
|Department of Social Services & Any County Courts
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge
Note: State laws are not set in stone and may change at any time, usually through the enactment of new statutes but also through higher court decisions and by other means. You may want to contact a Nebraska adoption attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Research the Law
To research Nebraska adoptions laws, consider reviewing the following resources:
- Nebraska Law
- Visit Official State Codes to review relevant laws from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Nebraska Adoption Laws: Related Resources
If you're still confused, also consider reviewing the following resources, as well:
- Nebraska Family Laws
- How to Adopt
- Home Study FAQ
- International Adoption Basics
- Find an Adoption Attorney
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