Adopting a child, whether that child is already a member of your extended family or not, involves substantial legal challenges and should be handled in partnership with a skilled adoption lawyer. The attorneys at Dillman, Chastain, Byrd, LLC have more than 60 combined years of experience in bringing adoptive parents and children together. We are eager to put that expertise to work on your behalf to ensure your domestic vision becomes reality.
Adoption agencies can be either public or private. Public adoption agencies typically house children that have been orphaned, abandoned and/or abused, thus becoming wards of the state. Private agencies, on the other hand, generally deal with children who have been brought there by their birth parents. It is important to understand that the role of the adoption attorney is not to help prospective adoptive parents find children to adopt through an agency, regardless of type. An adoption lawyer simply helps their clients facilitate the adoption of a child who has already been identified.
Neither type of agency is involved in an independent adoption. The adoptive parents either deal with the birth parents directly or through a mediator, such as a physician or pastor. In either case, this process is strictly regulated by the state of Indiana. Neither agency adoptions nor independent adoptions involve children who are related to either adoptive parent.
A stepparent adoption allows the new spouse of an existing parent to adopt a child or children from a previous relationship. Stepparent adoptions tend to be less complex than agency or independent adoptions, especially if the non-adoptive birth parent concerned approves of the new arrangement. If, however, the other birth parent cannot be located or does not agree to the adoption, the legal process can become significantly more difficult. We can help you understand your options for pursuing a stepparent adoption in a timely and affordable manner.
In a relative adoption, a child is adopted by members of their own family. These family members may include grandparents, aunts and/or uncles. This may be due to the child’s birth parents being deceased, serving time in prison, suffering from mental illness or being addicted to drugs. Relative adoptions are easier to pursue than agency or independent adoptions, but are best accomplished with the aid of an experienced Indiana adoption attorney.
The Bottom Line
No matter what type of adoption you are pursuing, retaining a seasoned adoption attorney is the best way to ensure that the process moves forward smoothly. At Dillman, Chastain, Byrd, LLC, we want you to have the family you and your adopted child deserve. Call us today to schedule a consultation