Whether you’re a birth parent or are interested in adopting a child, deciding to pursue adoption is both exciting and frightening. The process can indeed be complex and navigating through the red tape required to place a child for adoption or adopting a child can seem nearly impossible. We understand you’re at a critical moment in your life, and we are committed to providing you with compassionate, high quality legal support through each stage.
Types of Adoption
There are a wide variety of adoption types that suit many different needs, including:
In a domestic adoption, a family from the United States adopts a baby that is born in the United States. There are many different types of domestic adoption, including closed and open adoptions, and the laws for each vary from state to state.
In an international adoption, a family from the United States adopts a baby from another country. An international adoption can be extraordinarily complicated, since foreign laws often dictate much of how the adoption can take place.
Private adoptions involve the adoption of a child from one family to another, without the need for a third party to take custody of the child in the interim. Although private adoptions can seem simpler at first without the need for an intervening party, protecting your rights as either the birth parent or the adoptive parent in this type of adoption is critical.
An agency adoption involves an agency to oversee the adoption process. Closed adoptions are the most common form of agency adoption, where neither the adoptive parent nor the birth parent know each other or have contact with each other.
Second Parent Adoptions
In cases where a child’s parent is involved in a relationship with a person who is not biologically related to the child, and that person wishes to adopt the child, a second parent adoption would need to take place. Legally establishing the rights of a stepparent to a child can help create a stable environment and future for the child.
In a contested adoption, the biological parent’s rights to the child may be terminated, and a third party may adopt the child, such as a grandparent. In these cases, the child’s biological parent may contest the removal of their rights and/or the adoption of the child to the third party. Contested adoptions can become difficult, and require the expertise of a seasoned adoption lawyer from the start.
We have significant experience working with families through all different types of adoptions and can provide you with the caring, zealous legal support you need to navigate through the various complexities and challenges ahead.
Birth Parent Representation
Making the decision to place your child for adoption is very brave, but also very frightening and heart wrenching. When you begin the process of placing your child for adoption, you will likely have many questions about what will happen to your child and what you can do to ensure that the outcome of the adoption is a positive one. Our attorneys understand how difficult being a birth parent and choosing adoption can be, and we are prepared to offer you compassionate support throughout each stage of the process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed about everything happening, so you can make critical decisions that have the power to affect your child’s well-being and future.
Call us Today for a Consultation
No matter what side of the adoption spectrum you are on — whether you’re a birth parent, an adoptive parent, a stepparent, or a third party – we can provide you with the comprehensive legal representation you need to move forward with your case. We’ll answer your questions and work hard to represent your rights under the law, and our ultimate goal is to see to it that a bright future is created for the child being adopted.
If you are considering adoption or are already involved in an adoption matter, contact our trustworthy attorneys to discuss the options available to you and what your next step should be.
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