Adoption creates a permanent legal relationship between the adopting parents and the child, while undoing all legal relationships between the child and his or her biological parents. Once the adoption is finalized, the adopting family will have the same legal status as if the child were naturally born to them. The courts look to the best interest of the child when creating a new family unit. Because of this, the primary goal of any adoption is to promote a stable loving, permanent family for a minor child.
Our Firm can help guide you through the process, whether it be for a step-parent adoption, relative adoption, or completing an agency placement adoption.
The following are a few things that will be required to start most adoptions:
- Take a pre-placement assessment, termed a “Home Study”
- Obtain a Consent to Adoption from the biological parents
- Obtain an affidavit from the biological mother containing the names, addresses and marital statuses of the biological parents.
- Obtain a medical history of the biological family.
- Obtain a Certified Copy of Background Information for the adopting family.
- Resolve all Court Orders or Pleadings that are pending in relation to the child
- Disclose any individual who you were unable to contain consent from
Once your materials are prepared, an attorney can file a Petition for Adoption with the court. You must also serve notice to anyone who you were unable to obtain consent from.
Alderman & Hutcherson is experienced and fully equipped to handle every detail of your adoption process. Call us today at (478) 476-9110 or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today!