Facts on NM Adoptions

A Few Facts about NM Adoptions:

-In NM a birthparent must wait a minimum of 48 hours before relinquishing parental rights.

-Birthparents and Adoptive Parents should have separate attorneys.

-Birthparents must go before a judge to relinquish their parental rights and consent to adoption.

-By law, we must look for the birthfather if he’s not already cooperating with the adoption.  He will be offered the same opportunities for counseling as the birthmother.

-NM law requires that a birthparent who is looking to relinquish parental rights and consent to an adoption receive, at a minimum, 1 hour of alternatives counseling (if 18 years of age or over) or a minimum of 2 hours alternatives counseling (if younger than 18 years of age).  This counseling must be provided by someone duly qualified to provide adoption counseling and must occur face-to-face with the counselor.

-A birthparent has the right to independent legal counsel regarding the legal consequences of the relinquishment of parental rights and consenting to an adoption.

-An adoption in New Mexico cannot finalize sooner than 90 days following the filing of the adoption petition with the court.  If all requirements for the adoption are completed, an adoption could finalize soon after the completion of the 90 days, but is more typical for it to take about 6 months to complete everything and finalize.


Adoption Assistance Agency | 2800 Eubank Blvd. NE | Albuquerque, NM 87112 | 505-821-7779



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