There are two basic types of adoption: private adoption and agency adoption. The process can be long and tedious with paperwork and interviews. Agencies are under pressure to provide the best possible care for these young children. Typically, private adoption bypasses the long wait periods. However, the process can still be stressful with legal entanglements. Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman are accustomed to dealing with adoption cases and can help relieve you from some of the stress by walking you through the process.
A prospective parent must make the decision up front whether the child’s age or race is important, among other things. They must decide if it is better to go through an adoption agency or an attorney.
Be prepared, as a prospective parent, to receive a Home Study report. Basically, this is a background check which entails meeting with a social worker, getting medical clearance, providing letters for reference and a financial statement, and also checks on criminal records. Prior to the placement of the child, the birth parents will sign a consent form. After the child is placed, a petition of adoption is filed with the court.
In the event that you choose to use an attorney, as opposed to an adoption agency, it is better to be represented by Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman, who are experienced in this specific type of law. There are many adoptions questions you may have: will the birth parents have a relationship with your adopted child? and what if the birth parents change their mind(s)? It is crucial to have an experienced attorney deal with your case in matters of adoption and family law.
Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman believes in building strong and healthy families. If you are in need of legal assistance when it comes to adoption, contact one of our family law attorneys.