Growing your family is an exciting time, but the process can be stressful. There are many, many things to consider. Is adoption within the state, within the country or internationally right for my family? Am I comfortable with a closed adoption (birth parents and adoption family do not exchange information) or an open adoption (birth parents and adopting parents exchange identifying information)? Is foster parent adoption an avenue I should consider? Can I adopt my spouse’s child? An attorney experienced in adoption can help guide you through the process and help you understand what to expect.
The adoption process can involve the intersection of multiple states’ laws, so choosing an attorney who understands the interplay and has practiced adoption law will significantly reduce your stress during this time, making it even more enjoyable. At Blethen Berens, we are experienced with adoption, and we also cultivate relationships with government agencies, social workers and medical professionals so that we can work together as team to better the life of a child.