Adoption is a legal process through which non-birth parents assume the rights of a child’s natural parents, and thereby take full and permanent responsibility for the child. Adoption terminates the birth parents’ obligations to the child. There are several types of adoption: domestic adoption, international adoption, open adoption, and closed adoption. In an open Adoption, the birth parents may meet, and in some instances even choose the adoptive parents for their child. In closed adoptions, there is not contact between the child’s natural parents and the new, adoptive parents of the child. Domestic adoption refers to adoptions where parents and child are permanent residents of the United States. International adoption is a far more complex area of family law, and practically necessitates the hiring of an international adoption attorney, to aid in the adoption of a child from a foreign country. Adoption is a major step, and the process can be quite complex. It is best approached with the help of an experienced adoption lawyer who can provide insight and guidance throughout this rewarding experience.