Having the assistance of an attorney can make all the difference in the world when you are adopting a child. We highly recommend that the attorney you retain specialize in family law or in adoption law since the legal paperwork can be challenging and is constantly changing.
Adoption is a legal process and in every case involves an understanding of state law, often interstate law and international law since the residences of the birth mother, birth father, child, and adopting persons are all involved. If you are involved in an agency adoption you do not need to worry about retaining an adoption attorney because the agency and/or the agency's attorney will help make sure that all legal issues are taken care of in a way that is consistent with the law.
However, if you are proceeding with a private adoption, an adoption of a family member (a relative adoption), or the most common type of adoption which is a step-parent adoption, then you will need to retain your own attorney.
Since most attorneys specialize in one or more areas, you are advised to retain an attorney that specializes in family law or in adoption. In fact, there is an organization, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) consisting of the attorneys who specialize in adoption. We suggest you check for a AAAA attorney in your area at the link Adoption Attorneys or you my want to look up Attorneys in your yellow pages
Child Adoption Laws
If you need more information on child adoption laws please visit the site ChildAdoptionLaws.com
Why You Need an Adoption Consultant
There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.