In 2006, Virginia joined a growing number of states in creating a Putative Father Registry. There has been a bill before congress for quite some time which would create a National Putative Father Registry, but to date, it has not been enacted.
It is not uncommon today for birth parents to place their child for adoption with a close family relative. The procedures to adopt a family member are somewhat easier than procedures to adopt a non-relative.
What is Included in a Post Adoption Contact and Communication Agreement?
In Virginia, birth parents may place their child directly for adoption with any family they choose, subject to legal procedures designed to ensure that the placement is in the best interests of the child. This type of adoption is often called either private adoption or independent adoption. However, the correct name is parental placement adoption, because the parents are making the placement, not an agency.
An Adoption Petition must be filed in the Circuit Court of the county or city where the Petitioners live. However, if the child was placed by an agency, the petition may be filed in the county or city where the agency is located.