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 For those who adopted internationally...?
Did your agency or social worker talk to you about how you would handle racism and prejudice?

Did they enquire as to how / if you planned to incorporate links to your child's other ...

 are you offended to be called an "adopter" rather than a parent?
do you think it takes away from the parenting you've done to be labeled as nothing more than an "adopter"?
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What's EMS? I've heard of the BSE ...

 How many adoptions did Jesus facilitate?
Since adoption is all the rage in some Christian circles and is a "Christian" thing to do...I just wondered, how many kids did Jesus take from widows and unmarried women to give to his ...

 Did you think about the effect of adoption/adoption process/foster care on your life or family today?
And what did you think about?...

 Why do we need to change the way adoptees feel?
People regularly ask questions here about changing the way their adopted children feel. Why should that be a goal?

I lost a friend over a fifteen years ago. I knew her for less than a ...

 Open adoption, Is there anyone here with older....?
Children who are in an open adoption? I don't mean by placement but by over time.

I'm referring to open adoption with face to face visits as well as letters and photo's. I&#...

 How did the Facts get So Skewed?
Secrecy in adoption was deemed to protect the child, and to an extent the adoptive parents, from the stigma of illegitimacy; how then, did things get so skewed that these days the secrecy is ...

 Where are the agencies finding these women?
This is from an answer to another question asked on YA. Normally, I would not reply, but I found this interesting, and am pretty sure that others wonder, as well. Since I lost my son in 1967, I ...

 Do "raised" kids always come first?
For the majority of parents (mainly who are in reunion) with a kid they placed for adoption, do other kids they raised/parented themselves come first? Are they more important? It seems to be that way ...

 As a country we want what is right for our children.....?
So where do we go, from the current adoption/foster care practices to better adoption and foster care practices? How can we improve the system?

Please tell me how the areas you're ...

 Looking for ideas please?

I'm an adoptee and I'm interested in learning new ways to get more involved in adoptee's rights. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thank you....

 Do Parents These Days really Not tell a child They're Adopted?
I've seen this more than a few times here where people have sucked their teeth and warned 'what if the child hasn't been told they're adopted?'

Is there really any ...

 Why is an adoption agency fee not illegal?
When I was in law school, I worked on several cases which involved step-parent adoptions. The rule was that we did not forgive past due child support in exchange for the biological father (or ...

 Do any AP's expect their child to feel grateful?
for not being aborted? For having this so-called better life?
Personally I think these comments toward adoptee's are rude and insulting. I call it emotional hostage. To think that someone ...

 why can't some people understand that an adopted person is entitled to feel loss?
I've been reading through some answers here and there seems to be a view that adoptees should "get on with it" and stop being so bitter about being abandoned to strangers at birth.

 Did you regret giving your baby up for adoption?
Once you gave birth, did you hold or look at the baby?...

 Is it OK to Contact Blood Relatives?
If, for example, an adult adoptee contacts their first mother and she rejects contact, would it be wrong of that adult adoptee to accept that and then move on and contact other members of their ...

 How do you tell a child their first mother loved them, when you don't believe they do?
My daughter (3) was playing dollies today and she sometimes will play with 2 mommy dollies. Well she basically forced her little brother (2) to play (he doesn't mind as he's at a phase ...

 Is it time to explain it again?
Since there seems to be new or new multiple accounts in the adoption section talking about how surrendering a child should have no affect on you as a mother who signed away your rights, I am ...

 do adoptive parents seriously?
think guatemala is/was the only country practicing adoption like this:


Does a child with legally adopted parents have any rights to the First parents estate upon death?
I know that adopted children have rights for adoptive parents as true and full children as any child born to you. They are equal in the eyes of the law for adoptive parents.

But what about First parents? Maybe they had their child taken, or they "gave" their child up, but are in reunion happily. The mom doesn't change her will because she doesn't think about it. Does the child have the same or any rights to personal items or monies as any children born and raised by the First mom?

Just wondering.

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Depending on the scenario, yes. I know of a case of a young woman whose birth parents owned a large farm in China: she had been adopted from a very young age although her parents didn't technically give her up. She had a birth sister she was unaware of who had much the same situation, except when the birth sister grew up, she tracked down the parents: the young woman did not. But when the parents died, half of the estate still went to her because her parents hadn't specified a beneficiary and the children had the legal right to it.

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No. Unless specifically listed in the will, the child has no rights to the estate as their first parents are not their legal family. In addition, family of the first parents can have the will contested leaving out any beneficiaries such as children adopted out.

As another poster mentioned, there are some exemptions that were made in support of older children taken away from parents and later adopted. They apply to any adopted children however.

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I doubt it. As far as the law is concerned, adopted children have no more of a legal relationship with their bio-parents than they do with any other person they pass on the street. I think they could contest the will, but I doubt they would win.

For that matter, do biological children even really have a claim on their parents estate? (I honestly don't know the answer to this) I mean, if there is no will, I assume the estate gets split up between them, but if there is a will and it doesn't include them, I didn't think they automatically get something just because they are the children.

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Yes, in the state of Illinois the adopted child still retains the right to inheritance from the birth family and unless they have been excluded. My daughter is getting ready to fight for her inheritance so this will prove to be interesting since I believe the younger sister has cashed in everything.

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Big Daddy R
YOu can put anyone in your will and they have rights to what you put in it. However if you leave no will adoptees have no leagal right to contest an estate. There is a succession in place for people with no will.
Spouse-children (not the ones given or taken away)-parents and it goes on and on.

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the child has no rights.

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birthdad in hell
Believe it or not yes they do. even when the parents are terminated and all rights end. the child does have rights to inheretance. It was a shock to me when I found out. Agencies don't want to mess with those laws to much. Why would they? adoptive parents are not going to argue to much either especially if the parents die before the child hits majority. Kind of like a refund for all those agency fees they ahd to pay in the begining. I know sickening but then considering they sell children for a living why bulk at something that small

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This, like so much of adoption, is a state by state issue, and despite what many of the other responders have told you to the contrary, in many states, specifically Illinois (I know about this one as my exhusband died in Illinois) unless a surrendered child is specifically excluded in the will of a deceased individual, he/she stands to inherit just the same as any other child born to the deceased. My exhusband and I had 3 children and he had 2 from a former marriage that he surrendered so that their stepfather could adopt them. When he died, my children and his children from his former marriage all got equal shares, as per Illinois law. You would have to check in the particular state where you reside or where the natural parents reside.

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No, because the childs legal parents are the adopted ones. The ones who gave the child up relinquished their right and this applies to inheritance etc.

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No. Once the first parents rights are terminated the cild no longer has a legal relationship with the parent. The parent may choose to leave something to the child, but will have to specificly leave it to them in their will.

When I adopted my step daughter, this is one thing we had explained to her first mother. Her first mother had a life insurance policy and wanted it to go to our daughter in the event of her death. Our lawyer explained that the child was no longer a legal heir and anything that her first mom wanted left to her HAD to be put in a legal will.

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No, not unless the adoptee is a beneficiary of the will. The biological parents no longer have any legal connection to the adoptee, regardless of their personal relationships and feelings. Only legally recognized relationships determine inheritance, not the emotions of the people involved.

However, if the raised children choose to share the estate with the adoptee, the law will of course have no objection. It's not against the law for the adoptee to inherit. It just isn't automatic unless it's stipulated in a will or the beneficiaries choose to share it.

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You can leave your estate to your cat if you want so yes, any person named in a deceased person's will has every right to inherit from that person.

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for the most part, when the adoption is finalized, the adopted child is seen as the adoptive parent's natural child through the eyes of the law. Some states do, however, have different ways of handling inheritance of biological parent's estate:


^^ check that out. The bullet points list the states that have exceptions or modifications to the first thing I said.

ETA: though sly has a point about illinois, this is not true of "most states." Only 11 of the 50 states acknowledge ANY legal claim to the biological parent's estate and those are to varying degrees.

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Lori A
The way i understand it is only if stipulated in a will. I can leave what ever I want to whom ever I want if it is written in my will, there need not be a legal relationship. I hope this is true, I paid to have my will changed.

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Stop the Hate Love instead
If the natural parents wrote their natural child (ren) into their will or estate then they are entitled whatever is left them. If they are not left in the will then they aren’t entitled to anything unless whoever inherits gives them something. One can leave their belongs to anyone. I read of a elderly lady who left some money to her mailman.

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I don't think so. You have the right to inherit from your legal parents. If you were legally adopted, that's your adoptive parents, not the parents who gave you up. If that mum wants the child she gave up to inherit, she'll have to add her to her will explicitly. In Caro's situation it seems that the kids were never legally adopted.

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Nope, my mom relinquished her rights to me when was 16, I have no legal rights as her daughter and I have an 11 year old sister, whom legally I am not her sister. Extra steps had to be taken to ensure I would be included in her estate.

I am no longer legally related to my mom's family

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Not in the US. Once the adoption is finalized, the child and the first parent no longer have a legal relationship.

If the first parent has her wishes written into her will, then of course, the adopted child (or her friend, or her hairdresser -- whoever she wrote) could inherit. However the adopted child would not be considered "one of the deceased's children" unless specifically mentioned in the will.

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The bio-parents would have to change their will. The adopted person is assumed to be inheriting from their adoptive parents.

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