Adoption Attorneys in O’Fallon, MO
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The adoption process is complex and requires a substantial amount of time,
patience, and even money when it comes to the necessary fees. In order
to make sure you are going to provide a child with a loving and nurturing
home, you’ll have to complete a complex and often-trying process
that includes interviews, paperwork, home inspections, social worker visits,
and much more. However, with assistance from an O’Fallon adoption
lawyer, this process could be one of the most rewarding ones you’ll
go through in your life.
Winghaven Law, LLC, we understand how passionate and dedicated you are to completing the
adoption process, and we want nothing more than to help you succeed the
first time. We align our goals with yours and provide you with exceptional
guidance and counsel for your case in order to ensure you not only get
the outcome you’re seeking, but receive unparalleled client service
in doing so. We know what the adoption process entails, and we’re
not afraid to help you face the challenges with confidence.
Call Winghaven Law, LLC today at (636) 594-7796 to
request a case evaluation and obtain the help you need when going through the adoption process.
Domestic vs. International Adoption
You can choose to adopt a child from here in the United States or from
parents abroad through an international adoption program. The processes
for both types of adoption are extremely rigorous and requires a tremendous
amount of patience, however with international adoptions there are loads
of extra laws that you need to follow in addition to the U.S. adoption
laws and procedures.
The adoption process generally proceeds as follows:
Locate a child: this can be done through an adoption agency, foster care system, friends,
physician advertisements, or even through religious institutions like
a church or online.
Home study: Once the process begins, the state will conduct a home study to ensure
you and your family provide an ideal fit for the child. This process is
extensive, thorough, involves several visits from a social worker, and
takes as much as six to eight weeks.
Background assessment: Before a child can be placed into their new home, their identifying information
as well as the information from their birth parents must be collected.
This includes everything from physical descriptions to medical history
and ethnic background (including any Native American tribe or Alaskan
Native village heritage). This way a child can later access this information
for their own benefit.
Birth parental right relinquishment: The birth parents must agree to relinquish their rights through either
termination or consent to adoption.
Receiving the child: You will then be eligible to receive the child, and they’ll be placed
in your custody temporarily for six months in order for the adoption to
Finalizing the adoption: After the six month temporary custody period has passed, you’ll
have to appear in court for a hearing that finalizes the adoption and
grants you the same rights as if the child were your own biological child.
Along the way, you’ll face significant trials and extensive legal
hurdles. Make sure your rights are protected and that you limit the number
of mistakes that could result in an unsuccessful adoption process by having
a skilled attorney on your side.
Don’t wait! Before starting the adoption process, speak with Winghaven
Contact us online now to get started.