In California, an adoption is as much of a social process as a legal one. Utilizing the experience, expertise, and resources of an attorney can prevent some of the complications common to integrating a child into a new family and transferring parental rights.
Adoption is a wonderful way to provide a loving home to a child and to expand your family. To ensure the well being of the child, California law requires an evaluation of your parental fitness called a home study.
Given their unique circumstances, children with special needs often wait longer to be placed with new families. Promising a brighter future to one of these children is one of the greatest gifts one can give, with the benefits proving as great for the child as the prospective parents-starting with the adoption process.
There are different types of adoptions, and each has its own unique set of challenges and requirements. Our attorneys have expertise and experience in all of them and will work with you to determine which will best fulfill your dream of providing a safe and loving home to a child.
An open adoption is an adoption where the birth parents have access to their child and the adoptive family. A closed adoption is an adoption where the birth parents and child can only make contact with each other through a facilitator. Every adoption falls into one of these two categories unless the birth parents are deceased or unknown, as is commonly the case in intercountry (international) adoptions.
There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not to involve the birth parents in the child’s life. We will help you with this important decision, advising you on which form of adoption may prove most beneficial to the future of your new family. If you have questions concerning choosing an open or closed adoption or would like to discuss your concerns with an Orange County adoption lawyer free of charge, feel free to call 1-888-752-7474.
As much as your desire to provide a safe and loving home for a child may derive from the heart, social and legal requirements have been put into place by the state to protect adoptive children, resulting in a complicated—and, at times, bureaucratic—process. Experience with the social obligations and expertise in the legal requirements that must be met will not only remove much of the frustration and unnecessary expense from the process but will also secure the adoption.
Our attorneys have been assisting families throughout Orange County for nearly 40 years. They are familiar with the local judiciary and courts, as well as adoption agencies and facilitators. Involving one of our Orange County adoption lawyers early will ensure a smooth process and a successful adoption. To learn more about how our attorneys can help, read our article on the benefits of an adoption attorney, or call us at 1-888-752-7474 for a free consultation.
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