Adoption is the legal process to transfer permanent custody of and responsibility for a child from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. In Nevada, there are several different types of adoptions, including:
- Infant Adoptions
- State and/or Court Wards
- Relative Adoptions
- Step-Parent Adoptions
- Inter-Country and Inter-State Adoptions
- Adult Adoptions
Nevada law permits the adoption of any person. However, a child age fourteen (14) or older may not be adopted unless they provide consent. Nevada adoption laws are designed to protect the best interests of children, birth parents, adoptive parents, and adult adopted parties.
Surrogacy is a third-party assisted technology procedure where a woman carries a child for another person or couple. Surrogacy is legal in Nevada, first requiring all parties to enter into a Gestational Carrier Agreement. Nevada does not require parties to a Gestational Agreement be married. However, Nevada law requires separate legal representation for all parties involved and for the agreement to be made in writing.
A surrogate, also known as a gestational carrier, may not be biologically related to the child she is carrying.
Payment to the surrogate may be negotiated between the parties.