Do Adoptive Parents Necessitate An Attorney?

When a couple wishes to adopt a child, a number of things must happen before the process begins to take shape. While it can be a stressful and expensive time for potential adoptive parents, one option they must decide on is whether or not to hire a lawyer. Each state has slightly different laws. For example, laws for a Kansas adoption are different from the laws for a Missouri adoption. Local jurisdictions within each state have slightly different specifications from one county or city to the next. There are many reasons to seek legal counsel during the adoption process. While it is not required and may appear to be less expensive, it should be carefully considered before making a final decision.

For those in uncharted waters, all of the rules and regulations regarding adoption may seem complicated and strange. Because they are different for each state, it is possible for someone to accidentally promise something or take actions against the law which could put an adoption in danger of falling through at a later time. Having legal counsel familiar with the process may prevent added expenses and heartbreak.

An overall look at the adoption process usually takes place during an initial meeting with a lawyer. The consent laws by birth parents, coverage of expenses for birth mother, advertising restrictions and eligibility for private adoptions should be reviewed at this time. There are also differences in private and agency adoptions that an attorney can address.

The correct papers must be filed by certain dates in certain jurisdictions. Because each state requires different filings by different deadlines, the adoptive parents should find a lawyer familiar with the process that can help them to successfully navigate the requirements for that locality.

In some cases, it may be difficult to track down the birth father. When paperwork from this individual is required, as it is in certain places, an attorney will be aware of different resources and avenues to find him and speed up the process.

Lawyers and international adoption agencies can help provide assistance with the unique circumstances presented by adopting children or babies from other countries. Other nations carry a separate set of laws and regulations. Each country has its own laws regarding their orphanages and the rights of the birth and adoptive parents. Many of the records kept on orphaned children in other countries are incomplete, which makes the process more difficult. Using an American attorney well-versed in international adoptions for that potential adoptive parent’s particular state reduces the risks of having difficulties in the process.

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Just wanted to give you all a little background on me and some insight in this subject. Being adopted at 4 months old and raised in Cali. I feel that my story sets me apart a bit.. I have been influenced by music in church first. My mother was the Gospel Singing Director at our church. I was always in choirs and musical theater growing up. I had the privilege of being in a band directed by the famous Bobby Taylor a few years back and preformed at the “Hero’s and Legends” awards in Beverley Hills, Ca in 2005. I try to stay involved in singing as much as I can. 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Do Adoptive Parents Necessitate An Attorney?”

  1. Do you speak Urdu? I’m guessing not since you were raised by Americans. I personally think Pakistan should ban foreign adoptions, foreign adoptions lead to loss of culture and language in Pakistani citizen-born children.

  2. it takes forever to find an adoption story like this. Its hard to find something to relate to about adoption on youtube. There is sooo many of us in the world that are adopted!

  3. I’m so glad you got something from watching my video.. It really felt good to talk about. It makes me feel good to know I can help others by sharing my story.. 🙂

  4. I am thinking of adoption, maybe from India. Please pray and have your family pray for the Lord to lead us to his choice for us. Thanks. 🙂

  5. So glad that it helped you.. I know every one has a different story but it does help to talk about it and to hear other people share their stories.. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  6. hi, i’m living in Belgium, also adopted (Philippines),
    you really helped with me with this video, trying to accept who i am,
    i’ve also got a lot of questions about my birthmother, questions that will never be answered…
    With this video message, you will help other adopted people to understand that they are not the only one who are suffering this hard life.
    Anyways thank you 🙂 great vid!

  7. thanks for your sweet comment. they are such amazing people. love is love isn’t it? I wish you the best of luck on your baby journey whatever road you are lead to. 🙂

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. We’ve been trying to conceive for more than 5 years and we’ve thought about adoption. How blessed you are to have such loving parents and your own wonderful family now. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the comment..It would be way to complicated. I have thought about it.. At this point I’m content as I mentioned in the video. Plus, she may have circumstances that may not be good for me to contact her. I’m just focusing my energy on my family and music.. =)

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