One might believe adoption would be simple and straightforward, given there are so many children in need of a forever home. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Adoption remains a lengthy process, requiring stacks of documents and papers to be filled out, hearings, and more.
To maximize your chances of success when considering adoption, it’s important to work with a qualified family law attorney who understands the process and will provide guidance every step of the way.
Vonnah Bagner of Bagner Law, PC discusses some of the things to keep in mind when considering adoption.
What’s Your Type?
There are many types of adoption, including domestic adoption, international adoption, foster care adoption, and open adoption.
Each type has its own unique requirements and nuances that you’ll have to know, understand, and follow. Failure to do so could complicate things, prolonging the already lengthy process or possibly resulting in rejection.
Working with a qualified family law attorney will help you get acquainted with the procedure so that you follow all required steps of the process, maximizing your chances of having the adoption processed smoothly and in relatively short time.
Are You Ready?
Whether you are truly ready for the adoption process itself, as well as actually welcoming a child home with you, is a personal question you alone must answer. However, your family law attorney will be able to help determine your readiness in other ways.
For example, eligibility. The court will require that you are of age, financially stable, and could provide a safe, secure environment for the child. A background check is often required as well.
Your attorney will be able to discuss the parameters of eligibility and let you know if you fit the criteria before the process unfolds. If you need additional time to get things in order, they will be a good first point of contact when it’s time to pick things up and finally officially file for adoption.
They’re there to provide insight, guidance, and emotional support during what is often a challenging time for a hopeful family.
What Comes Next?
An excellent family attorney doesn’t just call it quits once the adoption is finalized. Often, families, including and especially the adopted children, need assistance to get acclimated to the new living arrangement. In some cases, they will require support, counseling, and resources.
Your family lawyer will have recommendations for services, so you know you are not alone in it. You have access to a wide support network to help make the adjustment seamless and comfortable.
Bagner Law, PC
If you’re looking for a fantastic family lawyer in the East Bay area, Vonnah Bagner of Bagner Law, PC is the best choice. Not only does she have the experience and expertise required to get you results, she’s also compassionate, empathetic, and understanding.
Clients are never “just another case,” but people in need who deserve a fair outcome.
Vonnah Bagner makes that possible. Find out more today!