If you are in the early stages of planning an adoption or have hit a snag in the process, you know just how complicated it can be.
The fact that adoption is a complex process should come as no surprise. After all, an adoption will make the adoptive parents legally responsible for the care of another human being (that’s no small thing) and will essentially remove all legal responsibility from the biological parents (involving constitutional rights).
Fortunately, there are many ways that an adoption attorney familiar with the process can make it easier for both birth mothers and potential adoptive parents. Some of these are detailed below.
Address Any Issues Before They Arise
There are many issues that could potentially derail an adoption. For example, a biological father could potentially try and block a birth mother from placing a baby for adoption.
Likewise, adoptive parents in the State of Arizona must first be certified by a court as acceptable to adopt, and issues like a criminal history or financial problems could prevent certification.
When you retain a lawyer, he or she will thoroughly review your case, determine whether any issues may arise, and advise you to take certain steps to mitigate the chances that those issues will cause a problem.
In Arizona, and in many other states, a biological father’s paternity rights can be resolved prior to a baby’s birth. Having an experienced attorney involved early in the pregnancy can help resolve and mitigate problems before a baby is ever placed in the adoptive parents’ home.
Identify All of Your Options
There are many options for both parents and birth mothers when it comes to adoption.
For example, you can pursue a foster adoption through the State, go through a private agency, or be matched with a birth mother or adoptive family through your attorney. When you meet with an attorney, he or she will discuss your options with you and help you determine which is right for you.
Make Sure the Process Stays on Track
Adopting a child or placing a child for adoption is a multi-step process that involves various state agencies and the courts.
Often, certain things need to happen before the process can move forward, and it can be difficult for those without experience in adoptions to know what to do next. An experienced lawyer will help you navigate the process and make sure that your adoption goes as swiftly and efficiently as possible.
Call Stuart & Blackwell Today to Speak with an Arizona Adoption Attorney
If you are considering an adoption, you should speak with an attorney as soon as you can.
To schedule a consultation with our adoption lawyers, call Stuart & Blackwell today at 480-420-2900 or send us an email through our online contact form.