Whether you already have children or your own and want more or you are unable to have children, adoption is an option. When you make the decision to adopt a child, you should consult with the proper agencies who can handle the process as well as a New York City attorney who can complete all of the necessary paperwork to complete the process. There are several types of adoptions available, such as an open plan where the birth mother or birth parents are able to see the child or a closed adoption where the birth parents have no contact with the child. The fine details about visitations and whether you send pictures or have any kind of contact with the birth parents are often discussed with your attorney and the adoption agent with everything clearly put in writing so that everyone knows what to expect. Most adoption proceedings take place in a courtroom in front of a judge. Once the paperwork has been completed by the birth mother or parents signing for you to have the child, then the judge will finalize it so that you are considered the legal parents of the child. There is often no age limit for regarding adoptive parents or the child. You can look through files of women who are pregnant to find someone you want to interact with before adopting a newborn or talk to an agency who can find a child who is older or who is from another country.
There are a few things that you can expect from an adoption attorney that you wouldn’t expect from a criminal defense attorney. This is a person who specializes in ensuring that adoption proceedings flow smoothly and who will prepare all of the paperwork correctly so that there are no loose ends involved during the process. This is important so that you are able to provide the care and love that the child needs without any kind of interference from the birth parents unless there is an agreement in place that allows a relationship with the birth parents.
After the adoption process is complete, the child is treated in legally as your own. This means that you will make the decisions that will benefit the child in all aspects. You will usually need to file a petition in court to begin the adoption proceedings. An attorney is beneficial at this hearing so that nothing is left out of the paperwork completed and so that you secure all of the requests that you have pertaining to the child. You can easily find an attorney by looking online, but the local social services department also has a list of attorneys you can use. You can also talk to the adoption agency or a foster care agency to get a list of trusted attorneys who have the best interests of the child in mind. Talk to the Bar Association to get a history of the attorney you plan to use as well as past clients before hiring an attorney.
During the adoption process, there are rights that you have that your attorney will discuss with you so that you’re treated fairly in court. You have the right to be treated with respect and to consult with each other in order to make the best decisions about the child’s welfare. At times, this might mean that the birth parents have some type of relationship with the child, such as letters, phone calls, or visits that are scheduled. You should discuss with your attorney about the length of time that it will take to complete the adoption process. During the time that it takes to finalize the adoption, you can begin preparing your home for your new addition. You should also make plans for healthcare, education, and other benefits that the child will receive after the adoption process is complete. Your attorney will work to ensure that the adoption process is completed in full and in a suitable period of time. Attorneys in New York are to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the court, offering protection for all parties involved.
Bringing a new child into your home is an experience that cannot be matched. When you choose to pursue adoption, you are opening your heart to a child who may never have experienced the love of a parent. Because we value both adoptive parents and the children they promise to love, we are excited to offer adoption services that will finalize the process and make the child legally your own.
Why Do People Choose to Adopt?
Adoption is a decision that many people choose to make. In some cases, the adoptive parents are unable to have children of their own due to age, medical problems, or infertility. Sometimes single men or women choose to adopt children so that they can have a family without the addition of a spouse. Other times, people simply want to adopt because they know there is a need for families and are anxious to welcome a child into their lives.
Often, expectant mothers choose to put their child up for adoption because they realize that their age, financial situation, or lifestyle would not promote a healthy alternative for their baby. In cases like these, the mother will seek out a family who can provide their infant with the love, stability, and support that the child will need to thrive and succeed in life. Each infant adoption is different, and we work to provide legal counsel to both the adoptive parents and the expectant biological mother. Horror stories about mothers who choose to take back their baby or fathers who step forward to request their rights can be frightening for those hoping to adopt; here at our offices, we will work hard to settle these matters before you accept the baby as your own. When you choose to partner with our team, we will strive to deliver a smooth adoption process that starts before birth and ends with a precious bundle of joy you can call your own.
Adoption Older Children
Many families open their homes to toddlers and older children. In some cases, these children maybe state wards in foster care, live with parents who are ready to terminate their own rights due to poor health or lifestyle choices, or be in the care of relatives who can no longer keep them. We understand the different legal methods involved in each situation and will work to make the adoption a speedy process. Whether the child is still living with their parents, is residing at your home, or is currently in foster care, we will help you understand your legal options and provide you with adoption services.
Sometimes, parents lose rights to their children or choose to sign them over to relatives. In cases like these, our law firm understands that you want to make sure that the position is permanent and legal so that you can provide the best care to the child. We will work you through this delicate situation, striving to be gentle about the family situation while taking the appropriate legal steps.
When you choose to adopt from overseas, you face an entirely different set of legal obstacles. Even those who have adopted from America can find themselves confused when they look to expand their family by adding a child from China or another foreign country. At our law firm, we understand international adoptions and the specific guidelines of each country. We will make sure that the child is going to be yours legally, and help you to obtain their American citizenship.
How Our Law Services Can Help You
Adopting a child is a beautiful way to add to your family while providing a home for a child who needs it. Our team of lawyers would be proud to be a part of your journey, and will work with you so that you don’t have to go through the entire process on your own. With our legal experience and understanding of details, we will do everything possible to make sure that your adoption process is smooth, speedy, and successful. With our years of experience working with families, we know what it takes to provide the right legal support and counsel. Contact us today so that we can start taking steps toward finalizing your child’s adoption.