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Charusheela J. Nalhe

First and foremost, adoption is about securing the best interests of children and not about the rights of parents. No one has the “right” to be an adoptive parent. Although each state’s adoption process differs, the common thread among all is that an adoption proceeding asks whether a child’s adoption by a particular person or family is in that child’s best interests. These decisions are made by judges, often with the input of parents and child welfare professionals, and almost always after a home study by either a state agency or agency approved of by the state.