Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoptions are one of my favorite things to practice in my law firm. Everyone (including the judge) is happy when they leave the court room.
For each of us to have each other is a dream come
true. No, I didn’t give you the gift of life; life gave me the gift of
Adoption is a way for a couple or a
family to claim legal responsibility for a child who has no parents, whose
parents have abandoned them, or whose parents are unfit to care for them.
Because Utah adoptions laws differ
slightly from many other states regarding parental rights, it is important to
have an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. While there are
several types of adoptions the four most common ones are:
·Private Adoptions; &
Step Parent Adoptions
step-parent adoption is simply an adoption involving a child’s biological
custodial parent and a step-parent who wants to adopt their step-child.
adoptions are exactly what they sound like: adoptions undertaken with the help
of an agency. The agency usually connects the adoptive parents with the birth
parents and arranges most of the meetings and paperwork.
adoptions are adoptions in which an agency’s assistance is not used. In private
adoptions, the adoptive parents find their adoptive child; many times through
family connections (e.g. an underage
niece becomes pregnant and wants to give the child up for adoption).
adoptions can be less expensive than working with an agency; however, given the
complex nature of the adoption process, you want to make sure you’ve enlisted
the help of an adoption attorney to make sure the process is done correctly.
adoptions, (sometimes called foster-parent adoptions), is when a child in the
foster care system is adopted by their foster parent.
adoptions a lot of the work is facilitated by the Division of Child and Family
Services (DCFS), and an attorney is only brought in to assist with the
finalization of the adoption.
an adoption is the last step to completing the adoption process. Finally,
after all those years of filling out paperwork, searching for your adoptive
child, having people ask you personal questions and inspect your house, the
criminal background checks, the birth mother interviews, the waiting, you will now
be legally recognized as your child’s parents.
an adoption is one of the most enjoyable things that attorneys and judges
participate in as part of their jobs.
of finalizing your adoption, however, can be quite complicated. There are
documents to file with the court, people to notify, fees to pay, and the
hearing before the judge that you need to prepare for. Don’t do it on your own. You should enlist the help of an
adoption attorney to ensure your adoption finalization is done correctly.