Adoption is the legal transfer of one or more adults' parental rights of a child to another adult. The paperwork is extensive and the regulations differ between states, circumstances and countries. Although the amount of time a birth or adoptive parent will spend with an attorney or interacting with legal proceedings of an adoption depend on the adoption type, attorneys are always involved at some level and have one of the most important roles in terms of ensuring all contracts and legal documents are in step with the law and clearly drawn up.
Adoption attorneys are lawyers who look over all of the legal adoption documents for the adopters, agencies and birth mothers. Adoption is a legal process and adoption attorneys are there to interpret laws and protect all adoption parties from misunderstanding their rights or from engaging, sometimes unknowingly, in unlawful conduct. Often, it's said that an attorney can make or break the adoption experience, particularly if an adopter is pursuing an independent or private adoption in which a birth mother may have open communication with the attorney as a facilitator. Therefore, choosing a personable attorney is important regardless of how much time one thinks he or she will spend with an attorney. Attorneys will play a larger role in an independent adoption than if a couple is adopting via agency.
In some states, an adoption attorney may be the intermediary between a couple and a birth mother. This is usually the case in independent adoptions. Because of the attorney's paramount role in an independent adoption, couples should carefully consider the attorney's background as well as know what could be warning signs of an adoption scam.
Attorneys hired to work with an adoption agency work a couple's interest rather than an agency's. An attorney hired to work with an agency with look over every documents signed by couples and birth parents to ensure compliance with state laws and Interstate Compact regulations if it's an out-of-state adoption. Other facets of the adoption process that attorneys are helpful for is ensuring all files are documented with the state and the adoption is complete and legal.
Attorneys may also save you money, particularly in overseas adoptions, as it's their job to know what fees are required by law and what may be a scam or unnecessary request, particularly in purchases for birth mothers.
Bettina Yanez, Orange County Adoption Attorney at Yanez & Associates, Launched a Video Titled,
Bettina Yanez, Orange County Adoption Attorney at Yanez & Associates, launched a new video titled,Michigan House crafts legislation to ease adoptions, sets time limit for birth parents
State legislators voted Tuesday to speed up adoptions in Michigan, moving to set a deadline for some parents who have second thoughts about voluntarily putting up children for adoption and shortening supervision of families with adopted infants.
State House eases adoptions, sets time limit
State House eases adoptions, sets time limit State legislators voted Tuesday to speed up adoptions in Michigan, moving to set a deadline for some parents who have second thoughts about voluntarily putting up children for adoption and shortening supervision of families with adopted infants. AP Wire...Michigan House eases adoptions, sets time limit
State legislators voted Tuesday to speed up adoptions in Michigan, moving to set a deadline for some parents who have ...
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After adoption stipend for sib group?
May 6, 2013, 1:57 pm
Just wondering, when we go to adopt is there any chance we might get an after adoption stipend for adopting three siblings at once? It's not a deal breaker, but it would help us immensely. Any experience with this? We meet with the adoption attorney for the first time tomorrow and we will discuss...
Intercountry adoption of a relative/child who is already in the US - URGENT!!
May 8, 2013, 2:43 pm
Hi, My wife and I are adopting my brotherís 13-year-old child. The child and parents live in other country and are not US citizens, while my wife and I live in the US and are US citizens. The child and parents just came to the US using Visitor (B-2) visa to complete the adoption sign off here in...
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