As we continue to navigate these challenging times, the safety and well being of our clients, employees, families and friends remains our top priority. To that end, as an essential business to the individuals and families we serve, we are reaching out to share important updates on steps we are taking to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, while continuing to serve you with as minimal disruption as possible.

We want to ensure our clients and friends that our law firm is operating without material impact of the health concerns in that we have had in place advanced technologies that allow us to continue to provide excellent legal services while attorneys and staff operate remotely, to avoid in-person meetings in all cases where that is possible. We will continue to provide consultations and conferences via telephone and/or internet conferencing when needed. We will continue to provide all the excellent legal services that our clients and friends have come to expect!

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have concerns or are in need of legal assistance. We pray for the health, peace and provision for all of our clients, employees, friends and family as we “weather the storm” together.

Do I Wait Until the Baby or Child is in My Home to Call an Attorney?

By no means! You should contact an attorney as soon as you have a potential placement. There are many things that need to be done prior to the birth of a child or the placement of a child with the adoptive parents. Oftentimes, you may even be in violation of the law if you do not take certain steps prior to receiving the child.

For example, you may be required to have a home study, you may be required to do certain clearances such as child abuse, criminal and FBI clearances, and you may be required to get preliminary approval of an adoption agency or court.

You may need the approval of the Director of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (when adopting a child from another state).

Your attorney will help you identify all steps necessary for a successful completion of an adoption and help you identify all legal risks and costs.

If you are in the beginning stages as an adoptive parent who wants to adopt, I suggest that you consult with your adoption attorney as early as possible in your journey through adoption.

The reasons for this include:

1) To help you understand the different options you have;

2) To help you identify and understand the law and the legal risks;

3) To give you an idea of the costs involved as well as to advise you on what Birthmother expenses are legal to pay in your state;

4) To establish a relationship with a trusted adoption attorney that will be ready for your call when you are contacted about a potential placement or when you are about to receive adoptive placement of your child.