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What is the difference between adoption and guardianship?
My step sister want to give me her baby and I was planning on going through an agency but she says its cheaper to just sign over guardianship. Any thoughts of pros or cons to either?

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Adoption is a permanent plan where biological parents surrender a child to adoptive parents. Adoption laws require that the adoptive parents have a home study before they adopt.  This is a thorough investigation approving their home, finances, and character. When an adoption occurs the relationship between the child and his biological parents is legally terminated though agreements can be put into place for a relationship but the parenting relationship is severed as the new and forever parents are the adoptive parents. For more information about an adoption plan, contact an authorized adoption agency.  Here is a link for more information:

Guardianship, on the other hand, is generally not permanent, though in some cases in can be. Typically guardianship occurs if the birth parents are temporarily unable to care for their child and child custody laws require that the child be transferred to reliable caretakers. Child custody laws require that a guardian be a suitable caretaker for the child, whether the guardianship is long or short term. In order to fulfill child custody laws, it is recommended that you and the birth mother speak to a guardianship attorney.

For more information, here is an easy to follow link:

Best wishes to you and your step sister while you consider this very important decision.


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22 years in the adoption field. Michele Fried is the founder and chair of Adoption STAR. Her foremost responsibilities are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors.


Before starting Adoption STAR. Michele worked as an educator in Pennsylvania and then after she and her husband adopted their first child, she entered the field of adoption. In 1989 she founded an adoption agency licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Micheleís own family began to grow and they chose to return home to Western New York. Michele began working locally as an Inclusion Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. As the years went by, Michele was inspired by the great need for a passionate, advocacy based, non-profit child-welfare agency in this area and so Adoption STAR was born in March of 2000! Michele is very proud of the work Adoption STAR has done and continues to do, and states she is touched by the incredible birth mothers that work with the agency.

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The community-at-large has also noticed Michele and her agency. In 2003 Michele received a Business First 40 Under Forty Award and in 2004 WKBW-TV honored Michele by selecting her to be one of the communityís Everyday Heroes. The YWCA also honored Michele in 2005 by selecting her as one of twenty-six women making a difference in Western New York. In 2009 Michele was the recipient of a Business First Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award. On May 1, 2010 during the Dazzling Decade ~ A Night of Starís 10th Birthday Gala, Micheleís own agency presented her with the First Michele Fried Founderís Award. In the future, this award will be given annually to an individual whose contributions, expertise, and dedication to adoption mirror Micheleís.

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